The former Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, and Pittsburgh Pirates slugger said goodbye via Twitter with a really cool video.
Time to hang ‘em up. pic.twitter.com/w501ozMORT
— Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) April 5, 2022
In the short clip, he is seen hitting important home runs with nearly all of the teams he played for, most notably the Reds, Yankees, Mets, and also Team USA.
Frazier had a flawed approach that led to low batting averages (his career mark was .241), but during as time in the 2010s, he was one of the most feared hitting third basemen in the league.
A Feared Slugger
During a four-year stint between 2014 and 2017, he hit 131 home runs.
Overall, he retired with a .241/.318/.445 line and 218 home runs.
He played in two All-Star games and was an integral part in the Yankees’ 2017 playoff run that ended in a defeat in the American League Championship Series.
“It’s been my love my whole life,” Frazier said Monday to the New York Post. “It’s very hard to let go. Don’t get me wrong, it’s one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made in my life. But where I’m at in my career and where I’m at in my life, I think it was the right decision. I think it’s time to be that family figure that I’ve always wanted to be.”
His peak came in 2014 and 2015, when he had a 4.5 and 4.3 WAR output, respectively (with WAR representing Wins Above Replacement).
He has particularly fond memories of Yankees and Mets’ fans, per The Post.
“[It meant] everything, to be honest,” Frazier said. “When I got traded to the Yankees, I was like, ‘Holy cow, this is unbelievable.’ … The next year, getting picked up in free agency by the Mets. Every time I go to my batting cage, I look at those two jerseys and it’s really cool.”
He went out on his own terms, and he will now enjoy life after baseball.