Former Rutgers baseball star Todd Frazier left college 10 years ago for a career in Major League Baseball. While the decade has been more than kind to Frazier, a two-time all-star and Home Run Derby champion, the progress at Rutgers since his departure stands out.
Asked about the last year under new athletic director Pat Hobbs, Frazier paid him the highest compliment.
"I've gotten to know Pat over the year here now," Frazier said. "The money that he's raised and how hard he's worked to get the athletics back here, back to where it needs to be, it's head and shoulders unbelievable above the rest. I'm happy that he's here. He's a great addition and he knows what he's doing. He's working tireless hours to get there. No if, ands or buts about it, he's the man here."
Frazier spoke Tuesday evening during a dedication for the Fred Hill Training Complex, an indoor baseball and softball practice facility at Rutgers. The complex, located behind the RAC, is one of many changes on Livingston Campus since Frazier's time as a star at Bainton Field.
"It's pretty cool," Frazier said. "I was here last year and the first time, I got lost trying to figure out where I was going. This is awesome, not only for athletics, but for the academics as well. We've always been good in the academic department but we keep inching our way to being spectacular. Things like this and building more facilities and hotels and anything you can do around here to make it more special as a university, this is a great step forward."
Frazier received a standing ovation that night as Hobbs' guest at the Rutgers basketball game against Iowa.