Yankees’ Aaron Boone already suggesting cutting back Clint Frazier’s playing time

Alexander Wilson
New York Yankees, Clint Frazier
Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier (77) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have started off the 2021 season with unexpected struggles. Currently, they sit 5-7 on the season, an underwhelming record that displays issues they’re currently facing. With a lackluster offense and skeptical starting pitching, the Yankees have been unable to string together a few wins, losing two of three against the Toronto Blue Jays in their latest series.

Things don’t get easier over the weekend, as the Yankees will take on the Tampa Bay Rays at home. They will need all hands on deck to take down Tampa, who most recently won two out of a three-game series last week.

One of the more problematic players for the Yankees so far has been left fielder Clint Frazier, who was benched the last two games for his inadequate production. Over 30 at-bats, he has six hits and a .200 average. Skipper Aaron Boone went as far as to say that Brett Gardner would be getting plenty of playing time, indicating another rotation, despite giving the starting job to Frazier during spring training.

“Clint Frazier is still going to play a ton for us,” Boone said. “He is pretty much the everyday left fielder. We happen to have a fourth outfielder in Brett Gardner who is going to play a lot for us. … Frazier is going to play a ton. He’s going to get to raking and be a big part of this team.”

The Yankees need to side with consistently and not give up on their players:

Obviously, it is not the best sign for Frazier when his manager is already indicating he will see and reduced timeshare. However, Clint is one of those players that needs more at-bats and live-action to get into the groove. Unfortunately, his teammates aren’t picking up the slack, which is forcing Boone to make unorthodox changes to try and spark the offense.

“Obviously people have been asking me a lot about Frazier lately. The reality is he’s started nine of 12 games, I sat him two games in a row where I felt he was scuffling a bit and Gardy was on a good little run. I guess I understand the question, but let’s ask it a month or six weeks from now and see what the body of work looks like and the regularity works like.”

I have no doubt that as the season progresses, Frazier will take a bigger part, by struggles to start the campaign are certainly troublesome. Hopefully, he can work his way back into the lineup against Tampa.