It's high time for some pointless sleuthing concerning Clint Frazier and Mantlegate.
Yankee fans NEED TO KNOW who told Suzyn Waldman that prospect Clint Frazier wanted to un-retire the Mick's jersey and muck up the collar area with piles of his unkempt red hair.
We can assume that a professional like Suzyn wouldn't repeat such an explosive story unless she heard it from someone in the Yankee front office or someone in the Yankee clubhouse. People in these areas would be the only ones who could possibly have first-hand knowledge of the alleged incident.
Let's use these assumptions to narrow our list to about three dozen possible perps. If we coolly and rationally assess the motive, opportunity, and general character of the remaining suspects, we might just arrive at the truth.
Brian Cashman: Maybe. Perhaps Cashman was trying to make it easier for management, fans, and others to embrace a possible trade of Frazier for another sorely needed DH that he had been planning before the leak.
Lonn Trost: Maybe. As demonstrated last year during PrimeSeatgate, Trost can be an irresponsible, elitist jerk. With just that much info, we can accurately determine the probability that Trost was the leaker.
Prince Hal Steinbrenner: Maybe, but probably not. Prince Hal avoids Yankee games and facilities like the plague and probably doesn't make it a habit to speak with the help.
Joe Girardi: Almost certainly not. Such a move is not in the binders.
Anonymous Player: Yeah, it's possible someone in the clubhouse was rubbed the wrong way by Frazier, but we have no way of knowing who that might be. Also, outside of hazing an annoying rookie, I can't figure out the motive any player might have for slaying a youngster like this. Players are fun-loving sorts ― and some of them really hate the media ― so let's say that one of them might have thought this would be a good giggle.
Jennifer Swindal: Hmmmmmm. Now we might be on to something. Miss Jennifer was on-record as saying she didn't like Frazier's hair and, because this didn't happen in North Carolina, she might have run across Suzyn in the ladies loo and whispered a secret or two in her ear. That gives her both motive and opportunity.
Randy Levine: Levine is still stinging from the PR debacle he unleashed following the Yankees arbitration victory over Dellin Betances. Levine also had motive to cause someone else with red hair to be more hated by New Yorkers than himself. Plus Levine is a clown.
Except for the Randy Levine analysis, none of the above is based on science. You didn't hear it from me and nothing's in writing. Make of this what you will.
Hint: It was Randy Levine.