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Sacramento welcomes Tony D, Oklahoma City
05/17/2011 5:58 PM ET
Tony DeFrancesco's passion for winning never wavers. And for seven seasons as the Sacramento River Cats manager, he did just that.

The fiery skipper guided Sacramento to three Pacific Coast League Championships (2003, 2004, 2007), one Triple-A title (2007) and a remarkable six Division crowns (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010) in his time at Raley Field.

The New York City native had a New York City swagger, and it rubbed off on his ballclub.

After parting ways with the Oakland A's organization this offseason, DeFrancesco returns to Sacramento from May 19-23 as the manager of the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Pacific Coast League's American South Division. This time he will be in the visitor's dugout, looking to get his RedHawks on a winning path after a rocky start.

DeFrancesco quickly became a fan favorite with his engaging personality off the field. On the field it was a different story. The skipper was always working late-inning pitching matchups and letting PCL umpires hear it when he disagreed with a call.

All this made for one of the great personalities in Raley Field history.

Welcome back, Tony! If only for four games.

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