After another terrible defensive game Sunday night, Clint Frazier turned away the media. Then the New York Yankees youngster talked to ESPN.
The young outfielder added a public-relations flub to his list of misdeeds after Sunday’s loss to the Boston Red Sox.
The media waited patiently for Frazier to show after the game. They waited a whopping 30 minutes, according to NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty, before Frazier sent someone to inform them that their anticipation would not be rewarded.
Needless to say, the ignored media members felt rather jilted upon learning Frazier discussed his play with one ESPN reporter:
Just spoke to Clint Frazier, who wanted to address his play tonight:
“I’ve been working really hard every day with (OF coach) Reggie (Willits) before BP starts and despite what has been happening during the game, I’m still confident in myself to be able to turn this around soon.
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) June 3, 2019
Frazier has been a train wreck in the outfield this season, and Sunday night is a perfect example of that. If you have a few minutes, here’s a rundown of how his misplays contributed to the 8-5 Bombers loss:
While Frazier does need to be a grownup and face the proverbial music, the media should take it easy on him.
Remember, Frazier is only 24 years old and in the middle of his longest stint in the MLB. Also, he’s barely recovered from the concussion symptoms that dashed his chances of making a splash for New York in 2018.
Maybe the dude needs a little time to collect himself before running the Bronx media gauntlet. And if that keeps him stable enough to continue swinging a hot bat, Yankees fans will probably be fine when the sports pages aren’t loaded with Frazier quotes.
The Georgia native is hitting .272/.319/.517 with 10 homers and 28 RBI. He’s been extremely clutch, too, slashing .387/.432/.839 with runners in scoring position.
The Yankees desperately need his bat with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton out indefinitely. However, if Frazier can’t overcome his defensive issues, he could become trade bait when the Bombers’ superstars return.
If that happens, the lowly non-ESPN members of the media may as well fire off angry articles while they wait for that Coley Harvey scoop to hit the presses.