“Big Leagues is Hard”: New York Yankees Manager Opens Up on Clint Frazier Departure

Published 11/23/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) pulls starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox in the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


New York Yankees are restructuring their squad for the 2022 season, with many future prospects coming on board, and sadly, many non-performing players being shown the door. Yankees manager, Aaron Boone, recently opened up on the removal of Clint Frazier, who was designated for assignment.

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It wasn’t an easy decision for the Yankees, as Clint was a promising player until his injury struggles hampered his outings. However, Yankees manager Aaron thinks a new opportunity will soon knock on his door.

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Aaron Boone reflects on Clint’s future in baseball

27-year-old Clint Frazier joined the pinstripes team back in 2017 when he was traded to them from the Cleveland Indians. Notably, after five years with the Yankees, the franchise has designated Clint for assignment. Clint has suffered from a lot of injury issues, and hence, the Yankees had to remove him from the roster for next season.

Regardless, Aaron Boone trusts Clint’s potential and believes he has a great future ahead of him. He said, “Big leagues is hard. Fortunately for him, his story’s not complete from a baseball standpoint. The bottom line for Clint is he’s a guy with a lot of ability and it’s just a matter of – obviously he’s dealt with some different injuries and things that have kept him on and off the field at different times.”

Boone further added, “But I feel like if he gets the right opportunity and the right health, he still has an opportunity to write a really good career story. I certainly wish him well moving forward, but even when you’re really talented, nothing’s a sure thing.”

What led to the New York Yankees making this decision?

Injury and low appearance on the field are said to be the main reason behind Clint’s exit from the team. Since 2017, he has not made more than 246 plate appearances in any season. In 2018, he suffered a concussion and just appeared 41 times on the plate.

In 2021, he did not play the season after June 30th, because of his vertigo issues. Apart from Clint, the Yankees also designated assignments to Rougned Odor and Tyler Wade.

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Sep 16, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (left) looks on as =relief pitcher Albert Abreu (84) prepares to warm up on the pitcher’s mound during the seventh inning off the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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