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Did Frazier ask for Mantle’s number?


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Clint Frazier wasn’t seeking to mimic the Mick.

Yankees outfield prospect Clint Frazier did not request Mickey Mantle’s No. 7 during his first major league spring training camp. “I would never ask for a legend’s number,” Frazier wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Yankees radio broadcaster Suzyn Waldman went on WFAN with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts and said she’d heard that Frazier had asked if the Yankees un-retired numbers and requested No. 7.

Waldman later called Frazier to apologize, which he acknowledged in a tweet: “I appreciate Suzyn reaching out and I accept her apology.”

In a follow-up tweet, Frazier posted: “Ready to play some baseball. I care more about the front of the jersey than the back.”

Frazier performed well in spring training but his first camp was not without some controversy. His flowing red hair had become “a distraction” due to fan and media interest and manager Joe Girardi, along with other organizational voices, suggested that he further cut it (which he did) even though he was not in violation of team grooming standards.

As for the story about Frazier asking about un-retiring a number, “I’m not aware of that,” Girardi said. “He never asked me for it.”

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