The former minor league outfielder has managed for nine minor league seasons in the past including stops in the San Francisco, Florida and Houston organizations. Frank lives in Orlando, Florida in the off-season and was recently inducted into the Florida Southern College Hall of Fame.
Hitting coach Luis Natera and pitching coach Shawn Barton return to Hagerstown in 2006 after helping lead the Suns to a South Atlantic League North Division title last season.
Natera, a former draft pick of the Mets, guided the Suns to a .264 team batting average in 2005 (good for sixth in the 16 team South Atlantic League). As manager of the Dominican Mets for five prior seasons, Natera amassed an overall managerial record of 270-160.
In 2005, Barton led a crop of young pitching prospects that played a major role in the Suns reaching the League Championship Series. The team finished with an ERA of 3.93, fifth best in the league.
Trainer Matt Hunter returns to the Suns in 2006 as well after having been selected as the trainer for the South Atlantic League North Division All-Star squad in 2005.
The Hagerstown Suns are the single-A affiliate of the New York Mets. Ticket packages and sponsorships are available by calling the Suns at 301-791-6266. The Suns are owned by Los Angeles based Mandalay Baseball Properties.
On the Web: http://www.hagerstownsuns.com.