After some shotty outfield play against the Red Sox, Clint Frazier didn't do himself any justice by avoiding the media that same night. But, while Yankees GM Brian Cashman didn't approve of Frazier's actions, he's liked his answer to the critics on the field.
Frazier said last week, "I don't owe an apology for not talking," following his ducking of the media. Many criticized that move, noting that it is normally the Yankee way to own up to mistakes and get them out of the way.
Cashman was on WFAN radio Monday, and discussed the "turbulence" Frazier created for himself. But he wasn't too fazed by it due to his bat staying hot through all the noise.
"Regardless of all that, if you decided to go the other way and fight back and push through and create turbulence, at the end of the day, your performance is going to speak for itself," Cashman explained. "The one thing that's been really exciting is how he's played since that. He's really swung the bat well."
Cashman is right. Since that Boston series in the Bronx, Frazier is slashing .296/.375/.556 with a homer, four doubles, and five RBI over eight games. Overall, he's hitting .276/.328/.523 with 11 homers and 33 RBI, showcasing the talent that was gushed about when the Yankees traded for him back in 2016.
And no one in the Yankees organization is holding that rift with the media over Frazier's head. He admitted to feeling like the media was treating him unfairly, and after a rough game, it boiled over.
Cashman knows "bad moments" come and go throughout players' careers, especially for a young player like Frazier. He's had some himself.
"Clearly, didn't want to see him fight back or fight through the media the way he responded after that Boston game," Cashman said. "We all have our bad moments. I've had them, too, when all of a sudden you wish you could take back. I remember I dropped an F-bomb and wound up on the back page during the (Alex Rodriguez) extravaganza. I think I've handled myself for the most part in the press well. But I've had my bad days as well. You recognize that. It's not an easy situation. I didn't like how he responded to the follow-up questions when he has a chance to do a do-over. I didn't think he did what he should have. But it's all part of that growing process."
Frazier has certainly been growing on the field this season, as he has been producing in the absence of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. It hasn't been perfect, but nothing usually is with a 24-year-old player getting his first real crack at the big leagues in a starting role.
At the end of the day, Frazier hasn't let this bother him, and Cashman only hopes he learned from it.
"For someone who's showing some mental fortitude and toughness if at times maybe not the right decision-making," Cashman said. "…But we're all human. We all go left sometimes when we should go right. The biggest thing is, there's growth after the fact that goes with it. And he's young. So we just have to play it out."