Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is denying a report that prospect Clint Frazier requested to wear No. 7, the number Mickey Mantle wore that was retired in 1969.
The account of Frazier's request, relayed by Yankees radio color commentator Suzyn Waldman during a Wednesday appearance on WFAN, is "totally untrue”, ESPN reports.
Frazier chimed in via Twitter.
i appreciate Suzyn reaching out and I accept her apology. i would never ask for a legends number.— Clint Frazier (@clintfrazier) April 5, 2017
Ready to play some baseball. i care more about the front of the jersey than the back.— Clint Frazier (@clintfrazier) April 5, 2017
Waldman told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts (via Deadspin), “Clint Frazier actually asked the Yankees if they ever unretire numbers.”
Benigno and Roberts guessed Frazier wanted the No. 3 of Babe Ruth, but Waldman replied, “No, he wanted No. 7.”
According to Cashman, the team’s clubhouse manager and people who work for the organization’s minor league teams confirmed the request was never made.
The Yankees acquired Frazier last season in the trade that sent reliever Andrew Miller to Cleveland, and as Deadspin notes, the prospect’s immaturity was a storyline throughout spring training, which made Waldman's report believable.For example, he flouted Yankees team policy by showing up for camp with his red hair an unruly mop.