Charlie and Joan Frazier, the parents of Cincinnati Reds’ two-time All-Star third baseman and 2015 Home Run Derby champion Todd Frazier, have been named the 2015 George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year, Little League Baseball announced Wednesday.The award is named in honor of the George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, and his wife Barbara Bush, the former First Lady. Both were Little League volunteers during their children’s early years in Midland, Tex. and continue to support Little League Baseball.“Mr. and Mrs. Frazier recognize the values that make Little League unique and continue to give their children the direction and support that allowed each to achieve and excel,’’ Little League President and CEO Stephen D. Kessler said. “Mr. and Mrs. Frazier were there for children and nurtured the balance between work ethic, the will to succeed and enjoying the game. We are proud to present them with this award.’’Charlie and Joan Frazier, who live in Toms River and worked in the Toms River Regional Schools system for years, had three sons who played Little League Baseball and were eventually drafted by Major League teams.
Todd Frazier led Toms River East American to the 1998 Little League World Championship. He was a supplemental first round draft choice and 34th selection overall by the Reds in 2007."It's truly an honor to have my parents receive this award,'' said Todd Frazier Thursday morning via text message from Los Angeles, where the Reds begin a four-game series against the Dodgers Thursday night.
"With three brothers, and all of us playing baseball, it made it tough for them to see us all play every day.
How they figured that out, God will only know. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for turning me into not only the athlete I am today, but the person as well.''Todd Frazier is in his fifth season in the Major Leagues and has played in the All-Star Game and participated in the Home Run Derby the past two seasons. He was the National League’s starting third baseman in the 2015 game at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park on July 14.
The night before the All-Star Game, Todd Frazier won the Home Run Derby in dramatic fashion. He was the first Little League Baseball World Series graduate to win the Home Run Derby. He was the runner-up in the Home Run Derby in 2014.Jeff Frazier played on Toms River East American teams in 1995 and 1996 that advanced to the Little League and Junior League World Series’ respectively. He was the Detroit Tigers’ third round draft choice in 2004 and played for the Tigers in 2010.
"This is not about Charlie Frazier, Jeff Frazier or Todd Frazier, this is about Joan and Charles, and it's awesome they are getting this award,'' Jeff Frazier said. "Whenever Charlie, myself or Todd had a question, they always had the right answer at the right time and they always did it the right way. They helped us trmendously and still do.''
Jeff Frazier said he will be with his mother and father next week at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. when they receive the award.
Chatrlie Frazier Jr. was a sixth-round draft choice by the Florida Marlins, now Miami Marlins, in 1999 and reached Class AA in the Marlins’ organization in 2004.“The kids were interested in Little League from an early age,’’ Charlie Frazier Sr. said. “We probably hit thousands of balls to them by the time they were four years old. Once the kids started playing, they wanted to hang out at the Little League fields, even when they weren’t playing.’’Charlie Frazier Jr. and Jeff Frazier run a baseball school in Toms River called Frazier Baseball. They are both teachers in the Toms River Regional Schools system.Todd Frazier, while now an established Major League Baseball star, has continually been asked about his Little League experience through the years.All three of Charlie and Joan Frazier’s sons played scholastically for Toms River High School South and Todd and Jeff Frazier both played collegiately for Rutgers University.Charlie Frazier Sr. said his sons have benefitted greatly throughout their life from their Little League experiences.“We told the boys about the good things and the bad things in life,’’ Charlie Frazier Sr. said. “We always told the kids, whether it’s a good day or a bad day, be positive, stay under the radar, do your job and go home.’’Steven Falk: 732-643-4267; firstname.lastname@example.org