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Todd Brian Frazier (born February 12, 1986) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox. Frazier is 6'3, 215 lbs, right-handed, was a shortstop in college, and was converted to the outfield in 2009. Frazier has also played first base. He Is nicknamed "The ToddFather”.
Todd Frazier was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, as the youngest of three boys and of partial Scottish ancestry from his father's side.He grew up in Toms River, New Jersey.
He was a member of the 1996 Junior Pee-Wee National Champions. He played high school baseball at Toms River High School South.
At the age of 12 and measuring 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m) and 104 pounds (47 kg), Frazier was a star on the Toms River East American Little League All-Star team that won the New Jersey state championship and then, the US East regional championship to advance to the 1998 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Dubbed the "Beasts of the East" for their skill, power and lucky charm stuffed gorilla, the team went undefeated in the tournament, and Frazier saved his best performance for the world championship game against the Far East and International champion Kashima Little League from Kashima, Ibaraki, Japan on August 29 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Beginning the game at shortstop, not only did he go 4-4 with a leadoff home run, but he was also the winning pitcher and recorded the game-winning strikeout that sealed a 12-9 Toms River win and the world championship – the first American Little League world championship since 1993.
To celebrate their world championship, the Toms River team was invited by the New York Yankees to Yankee Stadium on September 1, 1998, as the Yankees faced the Oakland Athletics, and each Toms River player was introduced publicly to the crowd and invited to stand next to his Yankee position counterpart during the national anthem, which meant that Frazier, as shortstop, was standing next to New Jersey-born Derek Jeter. Fittingly, when he made it to the majors, Frazier would not only play against Jeter in the 2014 All-Star Game—Frazier's first and Jeter's last—but just days later would also help the Reds honor the Yankee captain's final year in baseball in a special pre-game tribute.
Frazier attended Rutgers University and played college baseball for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. In 2007, he started all 63 games for Rutgers, posting a .377 batting average, a .502 on-base percentage, and a .757 slugging percentage. He won Big East player of the year in 2007 and was named a All-American. His 42 home runs are the most in the school's history.
On July 18, 2017, the White Sox traded Frazier, Tommy Kahnle, and David Robertson to the New York Yankees for Blake Rutherford, Tyler Clippard, Ian Clarkin, and Tito Polo.[32] Upon Frazier's arrival in New York, he changed his jersey number from No. 21 to No. 29, as No. 21 is unofficially retired by the Yankees for outfielder Paul O'Neill. Frazier had worn No. 21 throughout his entire career in honor of O'Neill, as he had grown up a Yankees fan in New Jersey. Frazier had stated that he hoped to speak to O'Neill to gain permission to wear the number; however, clubhouse manager Rob Cucuzza told Frazier that it would not happen.[33][34]
On July 25, 2017, against his former team, the Cincinnati Reds, Frazier hit into a run-scoring triple play in his first home at-bat as a Yankee.[35] Frazier hit his first home run as a Yankee on July 26 against the Reds.[36] However, he did not receive the ball back as the fan who caught it rejected the Yankees' offer for the memorabilia.[37]