Frank Cacciatore

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Frank I. Cacciatore (born April 25, 1955 in Tampa, Florida[1]) is currently a minor league baseball coach in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He is a former minor league baseball player and manager[1] and a former college baseball coach.

Playing career[edit]

Cacciatore played in the Detroit Tigers organization in 1975 and 1976. For the Lakeland Tigers in 1975, he hit .223 in 72 games. In nine games for the Montgomery Rebels in 1976, he hit .200. Overall, he batted .220 in 81 minor league games.

Post-playing career[edit]

After his minor league playing career ended, Cacciatore coached baseball at the college level for many years.

Cacciatore's first minor league managerial job came in 1988, when he was a last-minute replacement as manager of the Auburn Astros of the short-season Class A New York–Penn League. (Jim Coveney had been named manager of the Auburn Astros for 1988 but replaced Gary Tuck as manager of the Asheville Tourists in mid-season, before he had managed a single game for Auburn.[2]) In Auburn, Cacciatore was the first professional manager of future Major League Baseball stars Luis Gonzalez and Kenny Lofton, both of whom were selected by the Houston Astros in the 1988 draft and assigned to Auburn to begin their professional baseball careers.[3]

As of 2012, Cacciatore has managed seven different teams at the short-season Class A, full-season Class A, and Double-A levels of Minor League Baseball.[1] Cacciatore has also coached in the Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals, and New York Mets systems. He is currently the hitting coach for the Reading Fightin Phils.[4]

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1988 Auburn Astros New York-Penn League 42-33 5th Houston Astros
1990 Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League 66-77 9th Houston Astros
1991 Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League 55-83 14th Houston Astros
1996 Shreveport Captains Texas League 73-66 3rd San Francisco Giants
1997 San Jose Giants California League 60-80 10th San Francisco Giants
1999 Portland Sea Dogs Eastern League 65-77 9th (t) Florida Marlins
2006 Hagerstown Suns South Atlantic League 58-82 14th New York Mets
2007 St. Lucie Mets Florida State League 68-71 8th New York Mets Lost in 1st round

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Baseball Reference Minors
  2. ^ "Astros report". Houston Chronicle. 26 May 1988. p. 15. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "1988 Auburn Astros Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Minor League Baseball