No one ever told Todd Frazier he was going to be the Reds starting third baseman this season, maybe because it was just a given to most people. As important as Scott Rolen had been to the Reds the last four seasons, the time had come for Frazier to take over the position on an every-day basis.
Still, no one told that to Frazier directly. The closest he got to hearing it was while he was in the trainers room during spring training in Arizona. Frazier was getting treatment for a calf injury when he met up with manager Dusty Baker.
Dusty said, Hey man youre not trying out for the team this year and it hit me then that I might have that spot, which was pretty nice, comforting, said Frazier. But I was never told.
It was a surprise last year when Frazier didnt make the Opening Day roster. He surprised a lot of people when, after getting the call up from AAA Louisville three weeks into the season, he played well enough to be voted by his peers as the National Leagues Outstanding Rookie...