Feb 6, 2018

Welcome the Newest Mets Third Baseman: New Jersey's Own- Todd Frazier (2018)

Todd Brian Frazier was born on February 12th, 1986 on the Jersey Shore in Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey. He is of Scottish Ancestry & has the nick name "the Todd Father".

He grew up in Toms River, New Jersey & was part of the 1988 Little League World Champions dubbed the "beasts from the East".

The team had won the state Championship getting to the Williamsport Little League World Series where they went undefeated, beating the International-champion Kashima Little League from Kashima, Japan. Frazier was the star of the team & that final game where he was the winning pitcher, sealing the 12-9 win with a strike out. He had started the game at short stop & went 4-4 at the plate, leading off with a HR. 

Frazier later attended  Rutgers University where he won the 2007 Big East Player of the Year Award. That year he set records in HRs runs scored (87) doubles (24) walks (62) & total bases (187) while batting .377 playing in all 63 games. He was third in RBIs (65) fifth in hits (93) & tied for sixth in steals (25). He became the third player from Rutgers to get drafted in the first round as he was picked by the Cincinnati Reds.

He spent five seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, debuting on May 11th 2011. Two games later he doubled & drove in three runs for his first career RBIs.

In 2012 he came in third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting with 19 HRs 67 RBIs & batting .273. In a May series against the New York Mets he belted two HRs at Citi Field one off Johan Santana & one off DJ Carasco thrilling his family & friends in attendance. He had a great August winning him the NL Rookie of the Month award.

He would spend five seasons with the Reds making the 2014 All Star Team & getting to two post seasons. In 2012 he drove in a run going 1-6 in the NLDS loss to the San Francisco Giants. In 2013 he doubled going 1-4 in the Wild Card game loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2014 All Star Game: He was a huge hit for the fans, in the 2015 Mid Summer Classic playing  for the Reds, while starting at third base as the game was held at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. He was the All Star Game spokesperson & won the HR Derby as well. He was the first hometown player to win the derby since Ryne Sandberg did it in 1990. He won the NL bracket of the derby the year before, losing to his now Mets team mate; Yoenis Cespedes. Frazier went 0-3 in the 6-3 NL All Star loss.

That year he hit his first grand slam HR, while slugging his way to a career best up to that point, 35 HRs with 89 RBIs & a career high 43 doubles. Frazier has always put up decent on base % & slugging %, that year he had a career high .498 slugging %.

In December of 2015 he was part of a three team trade that landed him with the Chicago White Sox. In Chicago in 2016 he hit a career high 40 HRs & had career highs in RBIs (98) &  runs scored (89). The slugger once again was a star in the HR derby coming in second place to Giancarlo Stanton.

After the season he signed a one year deal to play with the White Sox again. In late July he was traded to the AL New York team whom he had grown up being a fan of.

For the year his average fell to .213 but hit 27 HRs with 19 doubles & 76 RBIs in 147 games. He ended up getting to the ALCS where he hit a three run HR in Game #3. He & the team would eventually lose to the World Champion Houston Astros.

In February 2017 he inked a two year $17 million deal with the New York Mets. He is a solution to the Mets third base woes since losing David Wright to his ongoing back injury.

The Mets had four guys play at least 25 games at third last year with very limited production.

Frazier at 32 years of age looks to be a much needed shot in the arm, with solid defense at the positon & certainly a powerful slugging bat. He joins his old slugging tam mate Jay Bruce where the two hit many a home run in Cincinnati. 

In a seven year career he has 820 hits with 175 HRS 165 doubles 498 RBIs a .245 batting average & a .321 on base %, With the slugging comes 819 career strikes outs. He has played in 938 games, 808 at third base & 94 at first base which should also help the Mets.

Family: Frazier has two brothers who have played minor league baseball with his one brother Jeff playing nine games at the big league level with the Detroit Tigers.

Todd married his long time girlfriend Jackie a Jersey girl & former Rutgers gymnast. Together they have two children & live in Toms River, NJ. The town's little league field is now named after Frazier.

Trivia: Todd is a big fan of fellow Jersey Boy, Frank Sinatra & has Sinatra music play when he usually comes to the plate.

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