Clint Frazier’s time with the Yankees ended unceremoniously last month, when he was designated for assignment and then released following a season marred by unspecified health issues.
He’s apparently hoping for a fresh start, and a new look, after signing a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Cubs.
“One of the biggest reasons I chose to come here was the fan base and how electric you guys can be towards your players,’’ Frazier wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “I’ll be just as electric for you guys, too. Here’s to leaving my razor at home.”
That’s a reference to the Yankees’ policy prohibiting players’ hair to extend past the collar or facial hair that extends past the top lip. Frazier irked the organization by showing up for spring training of 2017 with long-ish hair, before getting it trimmed that March.
Frazier also joked about the fact he was keeping jersey No. 77.
“I’ll be continuing to wear #77, as well,’’ Frazier wrote on Twitter. “I requested #7, but unfortunately it was taken, marking that as the first time I ever asked for that number.”
It was reported that during spring training in 2017, Frazier had requested No. 7, which was retired for Mickey Mantle. Frazier and the Yankees both insisted the outfielder never made the request. In fact, Frazier initially wore No. 30 with the Yankees before switching to No. 77 in July 2017, nearly three weeks after his first game with the team.
“I would never ask for a legend’s number,” Frazier wrote on Twitter at the time. “[I’m] ready to play some baseball. I care more about the front of the jersey than the back.’’
After arriving in the 2016 trade that sent Andrew Miller to Cleveland, Frazier showed glimpses of the offensive talent that made him the fifth-overall pick. His time with the Yankees was hurt, however, by concussion symptoms and the team opted to move on this offseason.