2018 Las Vegas 51s Field Staff
Tony DeFrancesco - Manager
BORN: 4/24/63 - Suffern, N.Y.
51s SUMMARY: Tony DeFrancesco, on January 9, 2018, was named the 24th manager in the history of the Las Vegas franchise (1983 - present, 35 seasons).
CAREER SUMMARY: He has compiled 33 seasons overall in professional baseball, including 23 seasons as manager (over .500 seasons in 18 of 23 years). He has compiled an overall managerial record over 23 seasons of 1,597-1,391 (.534) in the Oakland A's (1994-2010) and Houston Astros (2011-17) organizations. He has also compiled an impressive Pacific Coast League managerial career record over 14 seasons of 1,075-867 (.554) as a Triple-A skipper from 2003-07, 2009-17. He was a member of the Houston Astros organization for the past seven seasons (2011-17) and was the manager for Triple-A Oklahoma City for four seasons (2011-14) and Triple-A Fresno for three seasons (2015-17). He was the manager of the PCL squad at the 2017 Triple-A All-Star Game. He was also the manager for seven seasons at Triple-A Sacramento (Oakland A's) from 2003-07, 2009-10. The PCL tenure includes four championships (2003, 2004, 2007, 2015), two Triple-A National Championships (2007, 2015) and eight division titles. He was named the 2003 PCL Manager of the Year and the 2015 Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America. The four PCL titles is tied with Hall of Famer Del Crandall for the most championships in league history. Crandall's championships with Albuquerque were in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982. In 2018, he enters his first season in the New York Mets organization and first campaign as manager of Triple-A Las Vegas. He also enters his 15th season as manager in the PCL.
DeFrancesco first joined the Oakland A's organization as a minor league manager prior to the 1994 season. He began his managerial career in '94 with Rookie-level Athletics of the Arizona League. He then was manager for Single-A Southern Oregon of the Northwest League (1995-96); Single-A Visalia of the California League (1997-98) and Double-A Midland of the Texas League (1999-2002). His nine-year record (1994-2002) was 522-524 (.499). In 2003, he managed in his first season at Triple-A Sacramento and guided the River Cats to the PCL championship. In 2008, he earned his first full-time Major League coaching job, as third base coach for the A's, before returning to Sacramento to manage in 2009. He then moved to the Astros organization following the 2010 campaign to manage Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2011. In 2012, he was elevated from Oklahoma City to Houston and was named the Astros interim manager on August 19, replacing Brad Mills who was fired. He managed the final 41 games of the season and on August 24, he earned his first Major League victory, defeating the New York Mets, 3-1, at Citi Field. He compiled an overall record of 16-25 (.390) and with the Astros switching to the American League for 2013, DeFrancesco was the final manager to lead the Astros as a National League franchise.
PROFESSIONAL PLAYING CAREER: He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the ninth round of the June 1984 First-Year Player Draft. He played in a total of nine seasons in the minor leagues as a catcher in the Boston and Cincinnati organizations. He reached Triple-A with both organizations (Pawtucket in 1986 and Nashville in 1988, 1990-91). He appeared in 567 career games and batted .232 (381-for-1,640) with 60 doubles, 17 home runs and 167 RBI.
PERSONAL: Anthony John DeFrancesco. Tony, 54, resides in Mesa, Arizona. The Suffern, New York native attended Suffern High School and then played two seasons for Seton Hall University (1982 & 1984). Tony has two children: Anthony IV and Genevieve.
Joel Chimelis - Hitting Coach
BORN: 7/27/67 - Brooklyn, N.Y.
CAREER SUMMARY: Chimelis begins his 15th season overall as a coach in professional baseball and his first season in the Mets organization as the hitting coach for Triple-A Las Vegas.
MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: He spent 12 seasons in the Houston Astros organization and was the hitting coach for Double-A Corpus Christi of the Texas League for two seasons (2012, 2017). Prior to 2017, he spent 11 years in Houston's system, starting at Single-A Tri-City of the New York-Penn League (2006-10) and working his way to Single-A Lexington of the South Atlantic League (2011) and Corpus Christi (2012) before spending four years at Single-A Quad Cities of the Midwest League (2013-16). Before joining the Astros, he spent two years (2004-05) on the coaching staff of the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League in the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals organization. During the 2014 offseason, he served as hitting coach for the Puerto Rican Winter League champion Cangrejeros de Santurce.
MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYING CAREER & COLLEGE: He was selected by Oakland in the 11th round of June 1988 First-Year Player Draft. He was traded to the San Francisco Giants in 1991 and spent the 1996 season in the New York Mets organization (Triple-A Norfolk). He reached the Triple-A level in the Giants system, playing for Phoenix from 1992-95, and was called up to the Majors during the '95 season. During his 14-year minor league career as an infielder (1988-96, 1999-2002), he also enjoyed stints in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Korea and Canada. COLLEGE: He attended Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas and played for the University of Texas in 1988. He was named to the 1988 NCAA Central Region team with the Longhorns.
PERSONAL: He graduated from Eastern District High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. Chimelis and his wife reside in Florida and is the father of three girls.
Glenn Abbott - Pitching Coach
BORN: 2/16/51 - Little Rock, AK
CAREER SUMMARY: Abbott enters his eighth season overall in the Mets organization and his first season as the pitching coach at Triple-A Las Vegas. .
MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: He spent the previous six seasons as pitching coach for Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League (2012-17). In 2017, Binghamton compiled a record of 85-54 (.612) and advanced to the EL playoffs. He also served as pitching coach for Single-A Savannah of the South Atlantic League in 2011. He was a member of the San Diego Padres system before joining the Mets. He served as pitching coach for Double-A San Antonio of the Texas League in 2007 and 2010. He served in the same role with Triple-A Portland of the Pacific Coast League in 2008 and 2009 and with Double-A Mobile of the Southern League in 2006. He was also pitching coach in the Texas Rangers system from 2003-05. He spent a total of 13 seasons as a coach in Oakland's organization from 1990-2002. He made his coaching debut with the Mets in 1985 with Single-A Little Falls of the New York-Penn League and stayed with the organization through the 1989 season.
MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYING CAREER: He played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with Oakland (1973-76), Seattle (1977-81, 1983) and Detroit (1983-84). The right-hander appeared in 248 career games (206 starts and 37 complete games) and posted a 62-83 record with a 4.39 ERA. He struck out 484 batters in 1,286.0 innings pitched. On September 28, 1975, he appeared in the first four-pitcher, no-hitter in major league history, combining with Vida Blue, Paul Linblad and Rollie Fingers against the California Angels on the final day of the regular season. He was selected by Oakland in the eighth round of the June 1969 First-Year Player Draft.
PERSONAL: William Glenn Abbott. A native of North Little Rock, Arkansas, he attended North Little Rock High School and the State College of Arkansas (Conway, AR). He currently resides in North Little Rock with his wife Patti. The couple has three children, Todd, Jeff and Amy, and are grandparents to five grandsons and five granddaughters.
Jeremy Accardo - Bullpen Coach
BORN: 12/8/81 - Mesa, AZ
Jeremy enters his second season in the New York Mets organization and his first season as the bullpen coach with Triple-A Las Vegas. In 2017, he served as the pitching coach for Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets.
He spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues with San Francisco (2005-06), Toronto (2006-10), Baltimore (2011), Cleveland (2012) and Oakland (2012). He appeared in 262 career games and posted a 10-20 record with a 4.30 ERA with 38 saves (285.0 IP/205 SO). He last pitched in affiliated baseball with Triple-A Syracuse of the International League in the Washington organization in 2013.
Accardo was originally signed by San Francisco as a non-drafted free agent in 2003 after playing college ball at Illinois State University and earned his degree in 2016. He was a member of Triple-A Las Vegas for two seasons (Toronto, 2009-10) and is the franchise leader with 37 career saves.
He served as a summer coach for the Chandler Bats world team in 2015 and was an assistant coach for SUV1 baseball team in 2016.
Jeremy, 36, and his wife, Carly, have two daughters, Leighton and Leeanne, and two sons, Larson and Locke.
Grant Hufford - Athletic Trainer
Hufford will enter his first season as athletic trainer for Triple-A Las Vegas. He served the previous 10 seasons as an athletic trainer in the Houston Astros organization, which included three seasons (2015-17) at Double-A Corpus Christi. In 2016, he was named the Texas League Athletic Trainer of the Year.
He joined the Astros organization in 2008 as athletic trainer at Rookie-Level Greeneville where he spent three seasons (2008-10). Following his stint in Greeneville, he went on to work for Single-A Lexington (2011-12) and Single-A Lancaster (2013-14). In 2013, he was named the California League Athletic Trainer of the Year. Before joining the Astros, he worked for the Lawrence Orthopedic Surgery Clinic in Lawrence, Kan., while also serving as the athletic trainer at Baldwin High School. Hufford received his bachelor's degree from Benedictine College.
Josh Fields - Strength Coach
Josh begins his second season with the New York Mets organization as the strength coach for Triple-A Las Vegas. He was a strength coach in the L.A. Angels system for seven seasons (2009-15). He worked with Double-A Little Rock of the Texas League in 2009 and with Triple-A Salt Lake of the PCL from 2010-15. He also served as a strength intern with Single-A Lexington of the South Atlantic League in the Houston organization from 2007-08.
Fields received his bachelor of sciences degree in athletic training from Emory & Henry College in 2005 where he also played third base for the baseball team. He earned his master's degree in nutritional sciences from University of Kentucky (2008).