After 11 years of playing in the major leagues, former Rutgers star Todd Frazier announced Tuesday that he is officially retiring from baseball.
The 36-year-old was selected in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds and was a two-time All-Star third baseman for them in 2014 and 2015. He then played for the Cincinnati Reds , Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as the New York Yankees and Mets.
Frazier finished his major league career with a .241 batting average, .763 OPS, 218 homers, 640 RBIs and 604 runs scored. In his second All-Star appearance, he won the 2015 Home Run Derby on his home turf for the Reds at Great American Ball Park. He hit a career-high 40 home runs and 98 RBIs for the White Sox during the 2016 season. The following year, Frazier hit a three-run home run for the Yankees in Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS vs. Astros. For the Mets, Frazier’s ninth-inning three-run home run against the Nationals gave the club its 14th win in 15 games in the summer of 2019. He last played briefly for the Pirates in 2021 before moving on. play for Team USA at the Summer Olympics. and winning a silver medal.
The first major achievement of his baseball career was leading Toms River East American to a Little League World Series championship in 1998. He went on to become one of the greatest players in Rutgers baseball history. In 2007, Frazier was named a consensus First Team All-America and was unanimously selected for Big East Player of the Year. He led the Scarlet Knights to the Big East title, where he was named Tournament and Program MVP in his final NCAA Tournament appearance.
For his Rutgers career, Frazier is currently the all-time leader in home runs (42) and runs scored (210), second in walks (138) and total bases (434), third in hits (241), slugging percentage (.625) and stolen bases (.65) and fifth in runs scored (152). What’s most impressive is that Frazier only played three seasons and is still firmly entrenched in the RU record books. He was inducted into the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019.
Frazier appeared as a guest on the On The Banks podcast in 2018 and discussed his career and his love for Rutgers, which you can listen to below.