Frank Menechino (born January 7, 1971) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays from 1999 through 2005.
|Born: January 7, 1971|
Staten Island, New York
|September 6, 1999, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 2005, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Runs batted in||149|
Menechino played baseball at Susan E. Wagner High School in New York. He played college baseball at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida, before transferring to the University of Alabama.
He played for the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays of the American League. He played second base, shortstop, third base, designated hitter, and also made two pitching appearances. When he pitched for the A's in 2000, it was the last time the A's had a position player pitch until first baseman Ike Davis in 2015. Hitting 12 home runs and driving in 60 runs, his best year came in 2001 with the Oakland Athletics,
In early 2006, Menechino signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, but did not make the Major League team out of spring training. On August 17, 2006, Menechino signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees and was sent to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers where he was a utility man. On February 10, 2007, Menechino signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies released him June 1, 2007, followed by his contract being picked up by the San Diego Padres and being assigned to the Triple-A Portland Beavers on June 9, 2007. He became a free agent at the end of the season.
In 2009, Menechino founded the Frank Menechino School for the Blind in order to offer blind children a broader array of opportunities scholastically as well as the baseball field. The School for the Blind's team and "Frank's All-Stars" (featuring former major leaguers like Ross Gload and Aaron Heilman), have a charity baseball event every year on the second Thursday of October which is blind awareness month.
In recent times, Menechino has achieved a folkloric status among fantasy baseball groups across the country, with numerous leagues bearing his name or pop-culture related moniker such as Menechino Forever (Batman Forever), The Legend of Frank Menechino (The Legend of Bagger Vance), and Frank Menechino's Revenge (Porky's Revenge). Some leagues have even gone a step further by awarding game-worn jerseys autographed by Menechino himself as trophies, with the winning team and year stitched on the garment at the conclusion of each season.
On December 22, 2008, Menechino was hired to become the new hitting coach for the New York Yankees' Double-A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder. Menechino coached for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 2011.
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