Friday, November 19, 2010

Oakland's Director of Player Development might need a hug

Because he seems genuinely upset that Tony DeFrancesco is heading to Oklahoma City:

"Tony has been an integral part of our organization for many years. He has been able to influence Oakland players from rookie ball to the major leagues. The winning tradition he has created for our affiliates and players is unparalleled. His energy, knowledge and passion for the game is recognized throughout the industry."

Author Melissa Lockard:
During his time in Sacramento, DeFrancesco became a fan favorite, hosting pre-game chats with the fans, among other activities. His teams were marked by their professionalism and their passion for winning, two things that can sometimes be hard to find in the minor leagues. While managing the River Cats, he helped develop a number of current major leaguers, including Nick Swisher, Joe Blanton, Kurt Suzuki, Daric Barton, Bobby Crosby, Brad Ziegler, Aaron Harang, Gio Gonzalez and Vince Mazzaro.

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