FRESNO, Calif. - It's been announced 2017 Fresno Grizzlies Manager Tony DeFrancesco will not return to the Houston Astros organization for the 2018 season. DeFrancesco led Fresno to a winning record in each of his three seasons at the helm, his clubs compiling a record of 234-194 (.547) from 2015-2017. The run marked the first time in franchise history (since 1998) the Grizzlies completed three consecutive winning seasons.
On April 9 of the most recent season, DeFrancesco reached the 1,000 win plateau as a Triple-A manager, with a 5-3 win over Reno at Fresno's Chukchansi Park. The organization has released the following statement:
We are forever grateful to Tony DeFrancesco for his contributions to the latest chapter of professional baseball in Fresno. "Tony D" helped deliver the Grizzlies' elusive first championship during the thrilling 2015 postseason. No matter what the front office requested from the clubhouse, he was always tremendous to work with. We thank him for presiding over three winning clubs in Fresno, and wish him the best wherever baseball takes him next. We look forward to another successful season with the Houston Astros in 2018 under new leadership on the field.
ABOUT THE FRESNO GRIZZLIES
The Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, are a member of the 16-team Pacific Coast League and are one of 30 teams in the world playing the highest level of Minor League Baseball. The team plays at 12,500-seat Chukchansi Park in Downtown Fresno, which is also a year-round community gathering place, hosting myriad other special events beyond Grizzlies' games, such as concerts, professional soccer and high school sporting events. The Grizzlies will enter the 2018 season - their 20th in Fresno - on the momentum of three consecutive winning seasons, including a PCL and National Championship in 2015. For information on 2017 Fresno Grizzlies season ticket and mini-plans, fans should call the Grizzlies' ticket office at 559.320.TIXS between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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