3 Yankees who’ve made biggest statements this spring

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Mar 16, 2021; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) hits a RBI single during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Clint Frazier

Hey, what does the Brett Gardner addition mean for Clint Frazier?!?!?!

The answer? Either absolutely nothing, or it’s motivated him to continue to make left field his own moving forward.

Other than his foolish onward rush into a left-field wall during an attempted home run robbery, Frazier has been one of the loudest and most successful Yankees this spring in owning his own narrative, extending his special brand of mischief into post-game Zoom sessions and troll-level tee-shirts.

When I think of this spring training, I think of Frazier asserting himself. That counts for something.

We already knew the kid could whip the bat around, but he’s backed up all the winking and quipping thus far, hitting .292 with a pair of bombs through Saturday’s actions. Spring stats are empty, of course — until someone’s are bad, at which point we should all be pulling the fire alarm.

Frazier’s swagger and the way he’s responded to a suddenly crowded outfield mix have been the most important things to us, though. Before players reported to camp, Frazier ostensibly had the starting job handed to him, but we all know the reality of how the Yankees operate. If he’d faded while Gardner and Jay Bruce had surged, would they really have still felt they owed Opening Day to him?

Instead of wilting, Frazier has only gotten more brash and more powerful. That’s the kind of statement we can get behind.