Welcome home, Todd Frazier. The most successful Rutgers baseball alum in recent memory and Toms River native was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the New York Yankees late Tuesday night, as part of a seven player deal. It was announced shortly after midnight.
His new organization welcomed him officially on twitter with this gem:
This picture was taken after Frazier and his Toms River teammates were honored by the Yankees for winning the Little League World Series in 1998. What a great shot of him and Jeter, then just in his third full season in the big leagues.
"I rooted for the Yankees. My first (game) was old Yankee Stadium. I remember the upper deck was shaking." - Todd Frazier— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 19, 2017
Frazier, the former Big East Player of the Year and All-American in his final season at Rutgers, hit 40 home runs last season, which was his first with the White Sox. After struggling out of the gates in 2017, he has found his form the past two months or so and now has 16 home runs and 44 RBI in 280 at-bats.
After a bad start (.634 OPS and 4 HR in 35G), Todd Frazier has an .861 OPS and 12 HR in his past 46G.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 19, 2017
After the Yankees held “Rutgers Night” last month, adding Frazier will now give viewers and fans a nightly reminder of the connection between the organization and university. It will be even more fun when Frazier hits home runs to left field, where a prominent Rutgers sign resides.
Our baseball guru David Anderson gives a detailed breakdown of Frazier, his Rutgers legacy and what impact he can have with the Yankees.
Rutgers alums or fans that also root for the Yankees can enjoy watching Frazier on a regular basis, at least through this season. The former Home Run Derby champion is a free agent after this year.
Welcome to the Bronx, Todd Frazier!
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For more on Rutgers baseball alums playing in the minors or major leagues, click here for a full Knights in the Pros update from last week.