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A Letter to the Assembled Media in KC. What About Todd Frazier?

No, it’s not a clown question, bro.

I submit the following letter to those that have been overtaken with all that the hype machine has to offer…

To All the Baseball Media,

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s an awful lot of hype surrounding one Bryce Harper. In many ways, I think this is a monster most of you have created. I think some have even gone a little overboard with your praises. Sure, Harper’s a good player. I don’t there’s anyone that could argue that point. What I can argue is that some have become so enamored with one player that you are missing another rookie having an outstanding season.

Let me introduce him to you. His name is Todd Frazier and he plays for the Cincinnati Reds.

If you go to MLB.com and look under “Top Rookies” you will find that Frazier is in some ways having a better season than Harper. Frazier has more home runs (9 to 8). Frazier has also driven in more runs than your “phenom” (29 to 25). You consider those important numbers, right? If so, why are you turning your head?

You may counter with that Harper has more hits (70 to 50), but take into consideration that Harper has 68 more at-bats in order to collect those additional 20 hits. Counter with batting average and on-base percentage? Okay. There’s only a four point difference in batting average (Harper – .282, Frazier – .278) and a nine point difference in on-base percentage (Harper – .354, Frazier – .345). Here’s a massive difference. There’s is a HUGE disparity in slugging percentage where Frazier’s is .556 and that dwarfs Harper’s .472.

Since some of you like to use the OPS, I will do the same. Frazier’s is .901 while Harper’s is .826. I’ll save you the time. That’s 75 points. In fact, the only NL rookie that owns a higher OPS than Frazier is that of Anthony Rizzo who has an OPS of 1.055…and he’s only had 48 at-bats.

One aspect of Harper’s game we continually are fed is “how he plays the game”. Have any of you watched Frazier play? Look at the pic here. That’s Todd, every day. I honestly believe that if you were to ask all the Reds players and all within the organization, they would tell you the exact same of Frazier.

Here’s another detail that while it won’t go into determining how great of a baseball player Todd Frazier is, it speaks volumes of him as a person. Some of you may be aware of the events in Pittsburgh where Todd performed the Heimlich Maneuver in order to save a fellow patron from choking. Do you know that Frazier was presented with the Save-A-Life Award for his deed? Frazier was presented the award by Dr. Henry Heimlich himself.

So while you’re all gathered in Kansas City for the next couple of days, might I suggest that you take a moment to recognize that there honestly is more than one rookie in the National League that is also posting good numbers.

And in some areas, even better than the player you’re “Harp”ing.

Steve…and every Cincinnati Reds fan

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  • http://twitter.com/HeatherKnitz Tsaritsa Heather

    I am utterly exhausted by the Bryce Harper story. If we didn’t know any
    better, we would think that Bryce Harper is the only rookie this year.
    On behalf of my mental health, thank you for writing this.

  • beeker

    There’s one set of numbers that are glaringly different that you forgot to mention, Steve… distance from home stadium to coastline. These guys can cover Harper and still get fresh lobster for dinner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.stout.142 Michael Stout

    don’t forget about Cozart either. He’s putting together a fairly solid season leading all rookies in multiple categories

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Thanks for reading and for the comment, Michael. While Cozart is having a solid season and does lead NL rookies in hits and runs scored, his .252 batting average and .298 on-base percentage detract from his overall offensive numbers. I think one area where Cozart has surprised a few is his defense. He’s a little more polished than some had thought.

  • jbev44

    Nice article and couldn’t agree more. I like Harper as a player, but agree that he gets way too much attention.
    BTW – not sure if the same add comes up for everyone, but even the girl in the add can’t take her eyes off of Frazier!!

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Thanks, jbev44! Appreciate the compliment!
      And on the ad, if I remember correctly, not everyone will see the same ads.

  • River City Kid

    Great Article!! Thank you for writing it!! We are proud of Toms River’s own Frazier. He is doing great!!! Not only is Todd a great ball player, he is a great person.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Thank you for reading and for the comment. Frazier has quickly become a fan fave in Cincinnati. Deserves every bit of it, too.

  • K-Unit

    Way to give credit, where credit’s due. Frazier is the future at 3rd base…Rolen’s a solid player, but his time has come and gone. Frazier’s a born winner, and will bust his hump to help win games for the Reds.