Before coming to Fresno for the 2015 season when the franchise first affiliated with the Houston Astros, Tony DeFrancesco had managed far more winning than losing clubs in the Pacific Coast League in Sacramento and Oklahoma City dating back to 2003, and has four championship rings and eight PCL division titles to prove it. "Tony D" reached his latest milestone Sunday afternoon at Chukchansi Park, achieving his 1,000th career Triple-A victory by defeating the Reno Aces 5-3, Fresno's third consecutive win (3-1).
DeFrancesco's 1000 career PCL wins are most in the League's modern era (since 1958). He also paces all managers in that time in games managed (1,803) and division titles, while he is joined by Albuquerque's Del Crandall as the only managers to win four PCL titles. Additionally, Tony D. has claimed two Triple-A Championships (Sacramento, 2007; Fresno, 2015). His .555 career winning percentage (1000-803) is seventh in the modern era for all skippers that have managed at least three seasons.
Following the game, DeFrancesco downplayed his accomplishment some to focus on the players, in a brief word to fans at the behest of the on-field MC: "We have a great club this year, so come out and watch us some more," DeFrancesco said. "There'll be a lot more wins thanks to these guys."
For his minor league managerial career at all levels, DeFrancesco is 1,613-1,459 overall, and is 462-402 as manager of the Houston Astros Triple-A affiliate at Fresno and Oklahoma City, dating back to 2011. He guided the Sacramento River Cats (Oakland Athletics) to the PCL Championship in 2003, 2004 and 2007, before winning it all upon his arrival in Fresno in 2015.