Jan 10, 2011

Italian American New Yorker: Frank Menechino

Frank Menechino was born January 7, 1971 in Staten Island, New York. The local Italian / American played baseball at Susan E. Wagner High School on Staten Island. He then went on to college baseball at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida, before switching to the University of Alabama. In 1993 he was drafted way down in the 45th round, by the Chicago White Sox.

In 1997 he was drafted away from Chicago by the Oakland Athletics. He played utility infield there for two seasons before becoming the A’s main second baseman in 2001. In 139 games he hit .239 with 12 HRs 20 doubles & 60 RBIs. He struck out often (97 times) and had a remarkable knack for getting hit by pitches. He was second in the league getting plunked 19 times.

In the ALDS he got one hit in twelve at bats. In 2002 Mark Elis took over second base & Menechino was back to a utility role. He struggled mightily over next three seasons, hitting .205 then .193 and after 13 games in 2004 he dropped to .097. Oakland shipped him off to Toronto where hit .216 in 70 games. He finished up a lifetime .240 hitter, with 36 HRs & 149 RBIs.

In 2008 he went to play in the Italian baseball league, playing 18 games for Danesi Nettuno in Serie A1. He hit .274 before a herniated disc finished him off that May. He returned home and became hitting coach for the Trenton Thunder in 2009.

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