OKC RedHawks: Many minor league employees have major league aspirations
The minor league baseball experience is based around players, but the athletes aren't the only ones in the ballpark with big league dreams.
The minor league baseball experience is based around players.
It's about development and advancement, constantly shuffling young talent through the organization with a never-ending goal of the major leagues.
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Oftentimes, winning carries less importance than steady progress.
But despite the focus on turning out on players, many of those working the assembly line have major league goals of their own.
Here's a look at three of those jobs:
Constantly stuck under the organizational umbrella, minor league managers have a tough gig.
When you've got a guy playing well, he's going up. When they've got one that's struggling, he's coming down.
“Yeah, I mean you definitely have to work hand-and-hand with the big club. What they say goes,” OKC RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “But it's still coaching. You have to develop players and win games.”
After an extended managerial run in the minor leagues, including stints at every level, DeFrancesco was given a big league shot in 2008.
He was the third-base coach for the Oakland Athletics.
But after the season, he was demoted to Triple-A, and he's been trying to get back to the bigs ever since.
“Everyone has a different avenue of getting there,” DeFrancesco said. “I've been grinding it out and I hope to get back. Maybe get another coaching job, advance to a bench coach and then down the road, maybe a managerial shot.”
Minor league general managers, like Oklahoma City's Michael Byrnes, have different job descriptions than those at the big league level.