Former Yankees’ Clint Frazier Responds To Cutting His Cubs | ‘passionate”

Chicago – Clint Fraser’s No. 77 Cups shirt hung in his empty closet. Fraser was nowhere inside the visiting club at Yankee Stadium.

He won’t be seen on the field either.

The Cubs appointed Fraser for the assignment before Friday night’s game–the start of a three-game streak in the Bronx.

“He was upset,” CAPS coach David Ross told reporters. “Passion would be a good word.”

Did it make it worse that Chicago cut it off at Yankee Stadium?

“If you get fired from your job in New York or Baltimore, does that affect you anymore?” Ross said. “Only he can answer that question. Bad news either way, right?”

Frazier refused to speak to reporters as he walked past them to return to the Cubs Club and collect his belongings. A CAPS spokesperson added that Frazier needed time to “process” the decision, which had occurred only an hour or so before.

Frazier has been hitting 0.216 home runs and one RBI in 45 plate appearances this season with Cubs, who signed him to a $1.5 million deal with other $1 million incentives for the 2022 season after the Yankees cut him in November. Frazier was on the list of sufferers for just over a month after being diagnosed with appendicitis on April 22.

Ross said the Cubs needed to remove Frazier from their list of 40 men to make way for loyal Chris Martin, who is off the list of those infected with COVID-19.

“We couldn’t give him real chances to watch him do it now,” Ross said. It’s a tough decision. I think we think a lot about Clint, and his ability. I wasn’t able to with the accessory and the limited annoyance, not being able to see a real place for him is just one of those tough decisions.

Ross added, “I think he likes the place here a lot. I think he believes in his baseball skills, and that’s what we believe in, too. I think it’s just one of those really hard decisions we have to make sometimes, and it stinks. Nobody wants to They are made in this business.”

On Thursday, Frazier reportedly said he liked being with the Cubs more than the Yankees, who got him on the trade deadline in 2016 from the Indians.

“You had to be a cookie-cutter version to be on the[Yankees]team,” Frazier told the Chicago Sun-Times. “If not, you’re such a really bad distraction, it seemed like that. So I don’t miss being told how I had to look for the past five years.”

Frazier said he is looking forward to playing at Yankee Stadium and against the Yankees. Now, he won’t get that chance for a little longer.

He said he expects to be booed the next time he plays in the Bronx.

“I don’t expect a warm welcome,” Frazier said on the off-season “Short Porch” podcast on Barstool Sports, “and I don’t care. I don’t really care.”

Frazier, who suffered a concussion with the Yankees in 2018 that troubled him for years, added that he did not tell the team about another concussion he suffered last year.

“We’ve been through sort of, and we’ve exhausted all options,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Friday. “I spoke with many different specialists. I think we totally supported him and gave him the best possible care that might be good. That’s all I have to say.”

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Brendan Kuty can be reached in bkuty@njadvancemedia.com.

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