Tony DeFrancesco

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Tony DeFrancesco
Born: (1963-04-24) April 24, 1963 (age 56)
Suffern, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 19, 2012, for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2012, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2012 season)
Games 41
Win–Loss Record 16–25
Winning % .390

Anthony John DeFrancesco (born April 24, 1963) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) interim manager with the Houston Astros. He was brought up from the Astros' Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma RedHawks during the 2012 MLB season. Previously, he spent six seasons as manager of the Sacramento River Cats and served one season as third-base coach for the Oakland Athletics of the MLB. He was also a catcher in the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds farm systems from 1984 to 1992.

As the manager of the River Cats, (Oakland's Triple-A farm club), DeFrancesco led the River Cats to three Pacific Coast League titles in five years, winning the Pacific Coast League and The Sporting News Minor League Manager of the Year awards in 2003.[1][2] The River Cats won the 2007 Bricktown Showdown under DeFrancesco.

DeFrancesco was a minor league coach and manager for the Oakland Athletics farm system for fourteen years, managing teams in the Arizona Rookie League, Northwest League, California League and Texas League, as well as the Pacific Coast League River Cats.[1]

In 2015, he managed the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League to the Triple-A National Championship and was named Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year. [Source: -- Fresno Grizzlies official site.]


After three seasons playing at Seton Hall for head coach Mike Sheppard, DeFrancesco was selected in the ninth round of the 1984 draft by the Boston Red Sox.[3] During a nine-year minor league playing career, DeFrancesco played in 567 games and advanced as high as AAA, but never played in the majors.[4]


After retiring as a player, DeFrancesco began his managing career in 1994 with the Arizona League Athletics.

In 2003 Tony DeFrancesco moved up to the Pacific Coast League's Sacramento River Cats, where he led the team to a 92-52 record in his first year, earning him the 2003 Minor League Manager of the Year from The Sporting News.[5] DeFrancesco would continue to lead the River Cats to PCL championships in 2004 and 2007.[6]

In 2008, DeFrancesco became the third base coach for the Oakland Athletics.

In 2009, Oakland announced that DeFrancesco would return to the Sacramento River Cats as manager, replacing Todd Steverson.[3]

On November 30, 2010, the Athletics announced that Darren Bush would replace DeFrancesco as manager of the River Cats.[7]

On August 19, 2012, the Astros announced DeFrancesco would be the interim manager of the major league team for the remainder of the 2012 season, replacing Brad Mills.[8] He won his first game in his fifth game as manager when the Astros defeated the New York Mets on August 24.[9] With his appointment late in the 2012 season, DeFrancesco served as the final manager of the Astros as a National League franchise.


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  2. "Tony DeFrancesco". Sacramento River Cats. Retrieved 2009-04-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Tony DeFrancesco to Return as Manager of the River Cats for 2009 Season". OurSportsCentral. January 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Tony DeFrancesco". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 2009-04-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Sporting News names Zack Greinke Player of the Year". 2003-09-16. Retrieved 2009-04-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Tony DeFrancesco to Return as Manager". Sacramento River Cats. 04/06/2009. Retrieved 2009-04-26. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Lee, Jane. "A's shuffle Minor League coaching staffs". Retrieved 1 December 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. McTaggart, Brian (19 August 2012). "Astros tab DeFrancesco as interim manager". Retrieved 20 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Rosenbloom, Adam (25 August 2012). "Lyle's strong outing gives DeFrancesco first win". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved 25 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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