Todd Frazier On WFAN: 'It Just Happens To Be That Kind Of Year'

Boomer and Gio
July 10, 2018 - 10:34 am

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The 2018 MLB season has not gone the way many thought it would for the New York Mets.

After jumping out to an 11-1 start, the Mets have plummeted toward the bottom of the National League, going 25-51 since. Similar to recent seasons, New York has suffered from the injury bug as numerous key players have spent time on the disabled list in the first few months of the season.

One of those players is third baseman Todd Frazier. After not needing the DL at all in the first seven years of his MLB career, Frazier was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday for the second time in two months.

Frazier joined Boomer & Gio in the studio Tuesday morning to discuss New York's season. While it may seem to Mets fans like the team is cursed when it comes to injuries, the veteran infielder made it clear that injuries are simply part of the game.

"It just happens to be that kind of year. I don't know how to explain it," Frazier said. "Nothing has really changed with me. My workout has been the same. Injuries happen. It's just happened in bunches this year for us.

"It's just crazy to think how we started so well. It would be different if we went 5-6 in the first 11 games. But to go 11-1 and to see what happened after that. ... We have to keep pushing forward. There's nothing else really to say. There's no answer. That's sports in a nutshell." 

The biggest blow to New York's lineup has been the absence of the team's most dynamic hitter, slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Due to a right hip flexor strain, along with some quadriceps and heel soreness, Cespedes has appeared in just 37 games this season and hasn't played since May 13. The 32-year-old, who suffered a setback while playing in a minor league rehab game last month, has been at the team's spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where he just began a running program Monday after an additional month of rest and rehab. 

"I know he's working out in Florida. It's tough," Frazier said about his injured teammate. "It's just the way it goes. That's just how baseball is. Hopefully he's getting better."

Frazier, who is playing in his eighth MLB season, signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Mets in early February.

The Toms River, New Jersey, native was sent from the Chicago White Sox to the Yankees at the trade deadline last season. At one point toward the beginning of the offseason, Frazier thought there was a chance he would be returning to the Bronx rather than signing in Queens. 

"I wanted to (return to the Yankees). I expressed that to the management there, to (general manager) Brian Cashman, but I know how free agency goes," the 32-year-old infielder said. "It's difficult. You never know what they're really thinking at the time. But at the end of the day, there weren't that many offers out there.

"It was frustrating. But I was very thankful that the Mets came to me at the end there and said, 'We really want you.' "

Frazier is hitting .217 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in 61 games this season.