Clint Frazier opens up about Yankees exit, mental health issues

Clint Frazier tells his side about the difficult end of his career for the Yankees, including his battle with mental health, his physical condition and how it affected his playing.

The 27-year-old Frazier, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Cubs in November after being released by the Yankees, said during an appearance on Barstool’s Short Porch podcast that he hasn’t struggled until recently with his mental health. It affected his quality of life and he knew he needed to take it seriously.

“I’ve been struggling with some of these earlier issues that I’ve had,” Frazier said. “I was like, ‘We have to pick up our pace. I need help. I need serious help. “

His season ended in August after he pulled himself out of the rehab game. Fraser missed big time with a confusing medical condition originally called vertigo, before that was later ruled out. The player, who played five seasons in the Bronx, finally gave more clarity about what he was going through and how it affected him, saying he has “profound perception issues”.

“When people were all over me diving, I was just trying to catch the ball,” Frazier said. “I thought the ball was here, and it was there.”

Clint Fraser
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He has admitted that he did not reveal his symptoms to the Yankees before spring training, saying they were unaware that he was “fighting for my life.” The physical problems eventually returned, said Frazier, who has dealt with a concussion. The lights of the stadium or the noise of the fans may have an effect on how he feels.

“I got into spring training and started feeling better, and then it kind of came back, like, ’cause I got a case where I hit a wall again,” he said. “I went into the whole season feeling exactly that way.”

It left him needing to separate baseball from his health because it was affecting his quality of life. He said he “has been struggling really hard with this stuff” and hasn’t had a real diagnosis for a long time which only made matters worse. Frazier hit .186 in 66 games for the Yankees after being selected as the starting left player for the season opener.

Despite how things ended with the Yankees, Frazier described his relationship with former manager Aaron Boone as “friendly” and said he felt like he and General Manager Brian Cashman were still “boys” and described him as “cool as hell.”

“The text messages we were texting each other, the way we talked to each other, it was like we weren’t just a player/general manager. We were like, ‘I’d say as many friends as he let us be.’ He was protecting my back. All the time “.

Frazier said he wants to have some face-to-face conversations with people in the organization when he is due to return to the Bronx as a cub this season in June.

Clint Fraser tracks the ball into the court.
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“There are two very worthy people to have conversations that I would like to have in person, especially when I’m there,” Frazier said. “I don’t call anyone, I don’t text. There are a few things I would say.

“And I don’t know who it’s going to be, it just depends on who it is because there are some things I want to address right now and some things that are very similar to damaging things my kind of career said after that was released that were making it very difficult for me to sign in with a team “.

He added that there are offers greater than those he received from the Cubs. Frazier said his desire to secure a deal before the current MLB shutdown played a role as well as his relationship with Cubs new general manager Carter Hawkins from their time with the Indians.

“I only tried to sign before closing because I knew I wasn’t going to be high on everyone’s priority list,” Frazier said. “I wanted to deal with my situation before some of those other guys who needed to sign did. It was weird, but I have no complaints.”


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