New York Yankees must unleash Clint Frazier!!

Clint Frazier, New York Yankees. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Clint Frazier, New York Yankees. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

Coming into the final few weeks of the 2019 regular season, the New York Yankees are physically beat-up. It’s a good time to let Red Thunder, Clint Frazier, roll.

This offseason New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman should check the budget and splurge for an exorcism, a shaman, whatever it takes to remove whatever injury curse has been placed on the team. This season’s mini Roy Hobbs, Mike Tauchman looks to be out for the remainder of the regular season, if not the postseason as well.

The injury situation in New York crossed over into ridiculousness several quad and rib injuries ago. This news, on top of the bleak update on Aaron Hicks, leaves they Yankees outfield precariously thin. With Brett Gardner nearing AARP status, Giancarlo Stantons playing status falling into the realm of the rhetorical, and Cameron Maybin‘s bubble ready to burst at any moment there is but one solution…RED THUNDER!!

After doing his time in purgatory, Clint Frazier has already rejoined the team, and the logjam in front of him is clearing out. His perceived deficiencies in the outfield are well known, but the alternative at this point is Mike Ford. Ford has approximately the same range as the plaques out in Monument Park and about the same mobility as well.

It’s time the New York Yankees decide once and for all what they have in Frazier. Is he the potential star with the flair for the dramatic that he showed flashes of in his one extended shot at playing time earlier this year? Is he another Nick Swisher, an up and down performer with an overinflated ego whose act wears thin as soon as the performance falls off? Or is he something in between those outcomes, which would make him a useful player at the very least?

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To say Frazier did not endear himself with the front office or fans with some of his antics since his demotion would be an understatement. However, labeling him as so toxic as to not deserve a shot would be a wild overreaction. He would already be an everyday player with a season or two under his belt in any other organization, and while not excusable, his frustration is certainly understandable.

While the division is essentially locked up, the Bronx Bombers are still competing with Houston for the best record in the American League. Considering the ALCS between these teams two years ago featured a home team win in every game, clinching the top spot seems important. Frazier playing his natural position, left field, while continuing to hit would be the team’s best option.

At the end of this season, the New York Yankees have decisions to make in the outfield. While Judge, Hicks, and Stanton aren’t going anywhere, none of the three has had a season without some type of injury the last three years. Brett Gardner is eventually going to show his age as time goes on. If Frazier is the all-star he looked like in the first half of this year, the Bombers will need him.

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In a season of feel-good stories, and overcoming adversity, this would be the perfect ending. Clint Frazier helping drive the Yankees to the best record in baseball. A vital cog as they win another championship. The first time Red Thunder goes deep in a playoff game, all will be forgiven. His big personality could make him a Bombers fan favorite under the right circumstances. So let him play. To paraphrase the great Rex Mantooth, “Today we spell redemption C-L-I-N-T.”