DeFrancesco A Steady Hand For River Cats

The prospects in the A's system are not limited to those in the player ranks. For years, the A's have produced top-flight coaches. One of the A's top coaching prospects is River Cats manager Tony DeFrancesco, who is entering his 14th season as a manager. During that time, he has won 773 games and a "Minor League Manager of the Year" award. We recently caught up with DeFrancesco to get his thoughts on his future, the River Cats' 2005 season and his impression of some of the A's prospects.
February 28, 2006

Spring Training Battles: Starting Pitchers

As spring training draws near, we will be taking a look at the guys battling for a spot on the 25-man roster. Although the Oakland A's currently appear to have their 25-man roster set, injuries or trades could open up a spot before Opening Day. In the third of our series, we look at the five starters in the A's camp who will be hoping to find their way onto the crowded A's starting rotation.
February 16, 2006