Frank Menechino Could be the Perfect Hitting Coach for Miami Marlins

By David Miller
Frank Menechino
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Giancarlo Stanton is most certainly a power hitter who can hit any ball out of any park including the home park of the Miami Marlins. He is just about where the list of power hitting Marlins ends. Add that to the rather large dimensions of the Marlins home field and you have a formula for what was one of the poorest hitting teams in all of Major League Baseball. Luckily for the fans of the Marlins, the men in charge have a plan that starts with new hitting coach Frank Menechino.

Menechino was admired as a player by current Marlins manager Mike Redmond for his never-take-anything-for-granted attitude. Redmond hopes that his team can benefit from the tutelage of Menechino. The idea that they have is for what they want to call a new “Marlins Method” or something similar. Basically it would come down to small-ball style of play where they play base to base type baseball. If a man is on second with less than two outs, the ball can go anywhere it needs to go to ensure the man gets to third at least.

That method would be a very important addition to this franchise. It is extremely likely that they will not get too many home run hitters that hang around past their arbitration years. Even Stanton is bound to leave sometime within the next few seasons. That would not be a big loss if the team is built around station to station baseball. That is the kind of plan that can win them the division when added to a good pitching staff. If the players buy into what Menechino is selling, things could get very interesting very soon.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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