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Parents of the Year Charlie and Joan Frazier Taught Their MLB All-Star Son, Todd, and His Siblings to Face the Bitter with the Better

Volume 3 | Issue 7 | July 2015 | Archive
Parents of the Year Charlie and Joan Frazier Taught Their MLB All-Star Son, Todd, and His Siblings to Face the Bitter with the Better
Charlie and Joan Frazier have raised three boys who were all drafted into the big leagues. Their hard work, patience, and guidance with their sons were just three of the many reasons they were named the 2015 George and Barbara Bush Little League® Parents of the Year.

The Frazier’s level, steady and grounded approach to the successes and failures of their children over time has prepared each to excel both on and off the field.

Mr. Frazier coached high school basketball for several years. Even with his seasons of experience molding young men, he credits his wife with teaching him the value of positive reinforcement. “A good hug goes a long way,” said Mr. Frazier. “And Joan is still like that today.”

Charlie Frazier, Jr., 34, was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the sixth round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Player Entry Draft. He played five seasons of professional baseball (1999-2004), reaching Double A. Jeff, 32, played on the Toms River (N.J.) East Little League, teams that made it to the 1995 and 1996 Little League Baseball World Series, and in 2004, was drafted out of high school by the Detroit Tigers. In 2007, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners, and re-signed with the Tigers as a minor league free agent following the 2007 season. Jeff stayed in the Tigers organization through the 2010 season, making a brief Major League appearance in 2010. Charlie, Jr., and Jeff now operate Frazier Baseball, a company that teaches younger children the fundamentals of baseball.

Todd Frazier, 29, Charlie and Joan’s youngest, burst onto the international stage in the 1998 Little League Baseball World Series, leading Toms River East Little League to the World Championship. Nearly two decades later, Todd is an All-Star third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. The Fraziers were front-and-center at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati to watch Todd win the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby, with their oldest son, Charlie, serving as his pitcher. Watch Todd on July 14 as he starts for the National League in the 86th edition of Major League Baseball’s Mid-Summer Classic being played on his field.

While the Frazier boys have experienced baseball at the highest level, it’s their local Little League that holds a special place in the family’s heart.

“The kids were very interested in Little League from an early age,” said Mr. Frazier. “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.”

Toms River, N.J., has long been a hotbed of Little League baseball.

“The parents in our town, back then and now, want their kids to play Little League, and we are thankful for that,” said Mr. Frazier. “We were big believers in making sure our kids tried everything, but we live in a very big baseball town. I was really happy when the boys said Little Leaguer was where they wanted be.”

Throughout their lives Charlie, Jr., Jeff and Todd have benefited greatly from their personal Little League experiences, and have taken cues from each other, and their parents to succeed beyond the playing field.

Mr. and Mrs. Frazier have always been honest with the children about life sometimes not being fair, and how to be prepared to face the bitter with the better.

“We told the boys about the good things and the bad things in life,” said Mr. Frazier. “We always told the kids, whether it’s a good day or a bad day, be positive, stay under the radar, do you job, and go home.’”

Mr. and Mrs. Frazier, Charlie, Jr. and Jeff are in Cincinnati enjoying the MLB All-Star Game with their son, the starting third baseman for the National League. 
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The Parent Connection - July 2015 - Archive