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Florence Freedom Manager Called Up to Giants Organization


Florence Freedom Field Manager Dennis Pelfrey accepted a position with the San Francisco Giants organization of Major League Baseball as manager of Class A-Advanced San Jose Giants.

Pelfrey managed five seasons in Florence and boasted four winnings seasons, made the playoffs in three seasons, and appeared twice in the Frontier League Championship Series. 

“Working with Dennis has been nothing short of an honor and I’m so happy for him to get this opportunity,” Freedom VP/General Manager Josh Anderson said. “We wish him nothing but the best and look forward to his rise within an organization known for its winning.” 

Pelfrey’s career record in Florence will end at 261-218. In his five seasons, Pelfrey saw sixteen Freedom players being signed by MLB clubs. 

“What we as an organization have done over the last 5 years has been an incredible journey to solidifying the Florence Freedom as one of the best Independent Professional Baseball Organizations in the country,” said Pelfrey. 

This isn’t the first big call for Freedom managers. In 2015, Pelfrey was named the successor to Fran Riordan, who left the Freedom for the Oakland Athletics organization and has advanced to manager of the Las Vegas Aviators, their Triple-A affiliate. 

Pelfrey is looking forward to working with what he considers one of the best organizations in professional baseball. 

“The Giants organization is full of the best and most talented players in the world,” said Pelfrey, “I believe I will be a tremendous asset in their organization and help bring a World Series Championship to San Francisco, along with one in San Jose.” 

A national search has already begun in Florence with hopes to announce a replacement soon, a news release said.

-Staff report