The regular catcher is Gary Sanchez, who is 24. The 22-year-old Clint Frazier â acquired for Miller â is quickly becoming a fixture in left field. Aaron Judge, 25, has been baseballâs most productive hitter this season.
âItâs a lot of fun,â said Todd Frazier, the veteran third baseman who arrived from Chicago with Robertson and reliever Tommy Kahnle. âClint Frazier, man, heâs talking a little smack already â in all the best ways possible. I told him Iâm going to switch lockers with him pretty soon if he doesnât keep his mouth shut, just joking around.â
Todd Frazier, 31, had a homecoming of his own on Tuesday. (For that matter, so did Kahnle, a former Yankees prospect who was lost to Colorado in the 2013 Rule 5 draft.) Frazier spent the day off at home in Toms River, N.J., for a spaghetti dinner with family. He still spends his winters in Toms River, the town he carried to glory at the Little League World Series in 1998.
Frazier remembers trading pins with other Little League teams that summer in Williamsport, Pa. â he still has two bags full of pins back home. He famously took the field with Jeter before a game at Yankee Stadium after Toms Riverâs triumph.
âThe team we had, we werenât necessarily the best team, but we were scrappy,â Frazier said. âWe werenât the biggest team, but we still hit more home runs than the rest.â
With Judge, Sanchez and Matt Holliday, Frazierâs new team might actually be the biggest, and they hit more home runs than most. But they can also rightly call themselves scrappy â as younger, athletic teams tend to be.
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