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Wednesday’s Mashup: Michael Kay apologizes for injury-shaming Clint Frazier

Lucy Burdge
August 08, 2018 - 7:35 am

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-- Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay apologized on Tuesday after “injury-shaming” Clint Frazier for being injured and missing big games.

On his radio show, “The Michael Kay Show,” on Monday Kay seemed to sincerely rip Frazier and Jacoby Ellsbury for being injured. Frazier suffered a concussion in Spring Training and injured his head again Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and has been suffering migraine symptoms ever since. Ellsbury underwent hip surgery this week and will be out for at least six months.

"I thought (Giancarlo) Stanton did OK during the weekend, and all that," Kay said. "But when you're playing Luke Voit and Shane Robinson in important games, shame on the Yankees for not having the depth. Shame on guys like Jacoby Ellsbury for not getting healthy. Shame on Clint Frazier for not getting healthy. Again, you can't make them get healthy, but if those guys are available, it's a completely different animal."

When someone tweeted to Kay about his Frazier comment, Kay tweeted, “You know I was being facetious, right?”

Frazier was not thrilled with Kay’s comments and responded on Twitter.

.@RealMichaelKay facetious or not, I don’t appreciate what you said today. i’m doing everything I can to get healthy so I can play symptom free ... so steer clear of publicly calling me out for not when we haven’t even had one convo about my concussion this year. #ShameOnYouBro,” Frazier tweeted.

Kay then responded to that.

Aaron Boone said Kay and Frazier spoke on the phone and seemed to have smoothed things out.

"Michael and Clint spoke this morning, apparently had a good conversation and I look at it as water under the bridge," Boone said.

-- The Indians unveiled the logo for 2019’s MLB All-Star Game logo and it is very Cleveland.

The city is hosting next year’s game for a record sixth time. Previous games were in 1935, 1954, 1963 and 1981.

Manager Terry Francona, shortstop Francisco Lindor and first-base coach Sandy Alomar were in attendance at the reveal, along with Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson.

"We ask them what do they want to do with their mission and what they wanted to do was celebrate Cleveland as the birthplace and spiritual home of rock and roll," MLB's vice president of design, Anne Occi, said. “They wanted to talk us through the game and the experience and how the idea of baseball and rock and roll go together within the central part of Cleveland culture."

Team owner Paul Dolan said there was no discussion about the team’s controversial Chief Wahoo logo when designing the All-Star Game graphic.

"That wasn't even on our radar," he said. "One, we did this a long time ago. The typical All-Star logo is the skyline of the city, maybe with the ballpark in the background, and we said we would like to do something different and we would like to draw on music as being a theme and that was the extent of our instruction."

Next year’s All-Star Game will be played on July 9 at Progressive Field.

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