Baseball season returns to Fresno with Grizzlies home opener

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The defending Triple-A champion Fresno Grizzlies return home to begin an eight-game homestand. (KFSN)

Baseball is back in Downtown Fresno.

The defending Triple-A champion Fresno Grizzlies return home to begin an eight-game homestand.

One of the hardest things to do at the Triple-A level is win and maintain a team focus. Of course, all the players at this level have aspirations of reaching the big leagues and are on the doorstep of the show.

With so many players moving up and down, it can be hard to maintain a team approach.

That's not the case for the Grizzlies, who put an emphasis on player development while winning games at the Triple-A level.

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"I just know the 25 guys that every time we step on the field, we play to win the game," Grizzlies manager Tony DeFrancesco said. "That's my message there's not one time where I say were going to go out not try and win a game."

"They got a great coaching staff here," first baseman AJ Reed said. "The team we are going to have is really good, we are going to win a lot of games so this is just going to be an exciting year."

"During spring training it was a great environment, everybody was upbeat, excited trying to get the year started. It definitely trickles down, we are just ready to go out, play ball and just have a lot of fun," first baseman Jon Singleton explained.

"We have a good team going into 2016," second baseman Tony Kemp said. "I think everybody is excited in the clubhouse, and I think everyone is excited to get going and the journey is going to be fun."
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