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Coaching Career

Tony DeFrancesco was named the Mets' first base coach on December 8, 2019 ... Was the manager of the Mets' Triple-A affiliate the previous two seasons ... Enters his 37th year in professional baseball ... From 2011-2017 he served as manager for the Houston Astros Triple-A teams in Oklahoma City (2011-2014) and Fresno (2015-2017)...went 532-463 (.535) over those six seasons ... Named the interim manager of the Houston Astros on August 19, 2012 ... Over their final 41 games, the Astros went 16-25...They were 15-15 over their last 30 games of the season ... In 2015, he was named Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year after leading Fresno (AAA) to its first Pacific Coast League Championship in franchise history as well as its first Triple-A National Championship ... During the regular season, the Grizzlies captured their first division title since 1998, going 84-59 ... In 16 seasons as a manager at the Triple-A level, his clubs had won eight division titles, four PCL Championships and two Triple-A National Championships ... Prior to joining the Astros organization in 2011, DeFrancesco spent 19 years in the Athletics organization, serving 16 years as a manager in the club's minor league system (1994-2007) and one season as the major league third base coach (2008) ... During his first run as manager of Triple-A Sacramento (2003-2007), he guided the team to six first-place finishes and three PCL Championships (2003-2004 and 2007), including a National Championship over Richmond in the 2007 Bricktown Showdown ... Named the PCL Manager of the Year in 2003 after the River Cats posted a 92-52 regular season record while going 6-0 in the postseason en route to the PCL Championship ... Made his managerial debut in 1994 with the Arizona League Athletics and spent the next two seasons as the manager of short-season Southern Oregon (A) ... Spent the 1997-1998 seasons with Visalia (A) of the California League where he led the Oaks to consecutive playoff appearances ... Managed Midland (AA) of the Texas League from 1999-2002. 

Playing Career

A catcher during his playing days, he played eight seasons in the minor leagues with Boston (1984-1987) and Cincinnati (1988-1991) ... A 1981 graduate of Suffern High (NY), DeFrancesco played three seasons at Seton Hall University and was drafted in the ninth round by the Boston Red Sox in 1984.

Background

Anthony John DeFrancesco [dee-fran-CHESS-koh] has two children, Anthony IV and Genevive ... Lives with his girlfriend, Rena in Sacramento, CA.

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