🧒⚾ Big Leagues Mourn the Loss: Yankee’s 1981 World Series Reliever George Frazier Bids Adieu at 68

Baseball bids a bitter farewell to veteran major league pitcher George Frazier. Passing away at 68, the ex-Yankee left a legacy that spanned from St. Louis to Colorado, on both the pitching mound and the commentator’s box. βšΎπŸŽ™οΈ

Here’s a curveball that no baseball fan saw coming – George Frazier, the former major league pitcher and familiar voice in Colorado’s baseball commentary, has left the stadium for the last time, aged 68.🏟️😒

On Monday, the air grew heavy as news broke that Frazier had slipped into the dugout of eternity earlier that day in Tulsa, Oklahoma. An undisclosed illness, as relentless as a well-aimed fastball, was the grim opponent he couldn’t quite shake off. The question on everyone’s lips – just what took this beloved baseball veteran away from us? πŸ’”βšΎ

From the Cardinals to the Yankees, Indians, Cubs, and Twins, Frazier played the field like a pro. His ten-year-long major league career featured not one, but TWO World Series appearances. Talk about a grand slam of a career! Remember 1981 when he was with the Yankees? Or the golden year of 1987 when he emerged victorious with the Twins? πŸ†βœŒοΈ

Ah, the Yankees. Let’s stroll down memory lane to the 1981 World Series, shall we? A dramatic six-gamer lost to the Dodgers, where Frazier was charged with three losses. During his Bronx tenure, he clocked in a cool 140 games over three seasons with a 3.25 ERA. Is it just us, or does that sound like a pretty sick innings-to-ERA ratio? πŸ€”

But it was in his final year in the major leagues that Frazier snagged the coveted World Series ring, making a relief appearance for the Twins. He pitched two innings, conceded a single hit, and struck a batter out in Game 4 against St. Louis. That’s one way to wrap up a stellar career! What do you think was going through his mind when he finally got that ring? πŸ†πŸ’

His playing days might have been over, but Frazier didn’t stray far from the baseball field. He joined the Colorado broadcast team in 1998, a fixture behind the mic until 2015. “George Frazier was synonymous with Rockies baseball,” said the Rockies in a statement. Deeply saddened, they remembered him fondly as the voice behind many classic calls. What’s your favorite Frazier moment from the broadcast booth? πŸŽ™οΈβšΎ

In the 2007 season, Frazier witnessed a historical moment from the commentator’s box as the Rockies touched down at the World Series for the first and only time in the franchise history. And now, in 2023, we’re left with the echoes of his legendary commentary, and a big, Frazier-shaped void in the world of baseball.

Our thoughts are with George’s wife, Kay, and his four kids, Matt, Brian, Parker, and Georgia. While George’s voice has been silenced, his legacy in baseball continues to echo in stadiums across the country. What will you remember most about George Frazier? ⚾❀️

End Note: For all you fans and fellow players out there, remember to take a moment to appreciate the legends of the game while they’re still on the field. We never know when the final inning might come. What can we do to ensure that