Oct. 16, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Former Alabama infielder Frank Menechino was named the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins last week. Menechino was named the Marlins hitting instructor after serving as the hitting coach for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the past three seasons.
Menechino played at the University of Alabama from 1992-93, helping the Tide post a 61-46 record in his two seasons at the Capstone. He posted a .324 career batting average in 106 games at Alabama, with 12 home runs, 58 RBI, 12 doubles and seven triples.
After being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 45th round of the 1993 MLB Draft, Menechino went on to play seven seasons in Major League Baseball. He made his MLB debut in 1999 for the Oakland A’s, where he played 308 games for the A’s over five-plus seasons. Menechino wrapped up his career with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004-05. He posted a career batting average of .228 with 36 home runs and 149 RBI in 450 career games.
After his MLB playing days ended in 2005, Menechino played for Team Italy in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He began his coaching career as the hitting instructor for the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Trenton Thunder in 2008-09. From there, Menechino was promoted to the Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 2011, where he was the hitting coach before being named the Miami Marlins hitting instructor on Oct. 11, 2013.
Menechino is one of three former Alabama players that are working in Major League Baseball, which include 1983 College World Series teammates Dave Magadan and Craig Shipley.
Dave Magadan just completed his first season as the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers. Before the 2013 season, Magadan was the hitting instructor for the Boston Red Sox from 2007-12. Magadan enjoyed a 16-year MLB career, playing for seven different teams, posting a .288 career batting average with 42 home runs and 495 RBI.
Craig Shipley is currently working in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as the Special Advisor to the General Manager, where he helps with international scouting. After playing at Alabama from 1982-84, Shipley was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers before playing 11 seasons in the big leagues for the Dodgers, Mets, Padres, Astros and Angels.
After his playing days ended in 1998, Shipley began his baseball operations career with the Montreal Expos in 2000, as the minor league infield and base running coordinator. He was a scout for the Padres in 2001, before working with the Red Sox from 2003-11 in various roles, culminating with a Senior Vice President for International Scouting from 2009-11.
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