According to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports, the New York Mets have hired Tony DeFrancesco to be their new manager of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s.
DeFrancesco, 54, recently decided to move on from the Houston Astros organization after managing their Triple-A affiliate the Fresno Grizzlies for the past three seasons.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow had this to say about DeFrancesco last month, “We are very thankful to Tony for his contributions to the Astros organization. He has had a long, successful career as a manager and played a key role in the efforts to rebuild our minor league system over the past few years. We wish him the very best in the future.”
Tony was also the Astros interim manager for 41 games in 2014 going 16-25 including his first managerial win against the Mets. DeFrancesco won Baseball America’s Minor League Manager of the Year Award in 2015.
Francesco has gone 1571-1376 during 22 seasons as a minor league manager. He also played played nine seasons in the minor leagues and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1984.
He has a good reputation for taking an analytical approach to managing as well as building strong relationships with players.
Pedro Lopez is done after one year as the 51s manager having gone 56-86. The 51s will also reportedly have a new pitching coach and hitting coach next season.