Sunday, July 23, 2017


Source:  New York Daily News

Time and time again we have written about consistency in the lineup here at BYB.  Last week, we featured a piece on this very point with the spotlight on Brett Gardner (LINEUP CONSISTENCY MATTERS). This morning, it's about Red Thunder aka Clint Frazier and his battle for a place on the Yankee roster beyond Aaron Hicks's return from the DL and despite Jacoby Ellsbury's veteran status.

According to Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News, "In their quest to get younger and more athletic, it seems like the Yankees have found something in Clint Frazier. The 22-year-old outfielder, acquired at last season’s trade deadline in exchange for Andrew Miller, brings a much-needed dynamic quality to the lineup with his aggressiveness and flair for the dramatic."

Source: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images North America

The guy is absolutely aggressive both in left field and the base paths and dynamic in the way he approaches the game.  As the News reports, "Since being called up from Triple-A Scranton, Frazier is slashing .294/.302/.627. He homered in his first career MLB game on July 1 and delivered a walk-off blast exactly a week later."  So, why does he have to give up his roster spot for Jacoby Ellsbury who "used to be" that kind of dynamic, aggressive player?

Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America

Besides the fact that I am not a fan of Ellsbury (he grew up in the Boston Red Sox organization after all), he is just not performing and really has not put up the kind of numbers that keep a player in the lineup.  He is just not consistent.  He goes on these spurts of productivity and then he goes on the DL or just goes silent.  We as fans, "deserve exactly what Frazier is giving them on a daily basis. And maybe Ellsbury could turn it around with a change of scenery," reported the News.  Music to my Ellsbury and quite frankly, ask Hicks to "earn" his way back into the lineup.  Why send down Frazier for being productive?  In my eyes, Red Thunder should play everyday.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Follow me on Twitter: @suzieprof

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