With the New York Yankees set to host the Chicago Cubs for a three-game series this weekend, former Yankee outfielder Clint Frazier couldn’t help himself and took a shot at his former team. When speaking with the Chicago Sun-Times, Frazier said “you had to be a cookie-cutter version to be on that team,” he later continued that if you didn’t comply with the appearance protocols you would be seen as “a really bad distraction” and that he doesn’t “miss being told on how [he] had to look for the last five years.”
While former players complaining about the Yankee hair policy is hardly new, at some point, players should be more focused on winning and their own performance. Perhaps the biggest change for Frazier in 2022 is that he now has a beard. His defense is still struggling and he still hasn’t found success at the plate. He is hitting .216 and has yet to homer this season. Finally, the Cubs are the third-worst team in the National League.
Yes, for some players, being a Yankee and having to sacrifice a bit of your personal brand for the greater team good isn’t “fun.” However, when looking at the players on the field and in the clubhouse, it looks like they are having a blast with their best record in baseball. While the Yankee locker room might not be as laissez-faire as the Cubbies, perhaps Clint needs to focus on his own play and productions before worrying about the situation he is no longer in.