Posted on September 1, 2014 by Buffalo Bisons Press Release
The Buffalo Bisons and the City of Buffalo today announced that the best seat for family and sports entertainment each summer in Western New York will continue to be at Buffalo Bisons games at Coca-Cola Field.
Thanks to the continued support from the City of Buffalo and the strong public-private partnership that exists between the Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Buffalo Bisons, the team announced today the INSTALLATION OF NEW SEATS in Coca-Cola Field’s special reserved sections.
The project will include replacing approximately 3,700 original ballparks seats from the lower seating bowl from sections 114 on the first base side to 113 on the third base side. The new seats, designed by American Seating, will be 22″ in size, an increase of three inches from the obsolete seats currently installed at Coca-Cola Field.
Work on the project is scheduled to begin shortly after the conclusion of the Buffalo Bisons 2014 season.
“Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo have been tremendous partners and their support is vital to the long-term functionality of Coca-Cola Field,” said Jonathan A. Dandes, President of Rich Baseball Operations. “These new seats will not only add to the fan experience at Bisons games for years to come, but also provide a vital update to the now-obsolete original fixtures installed in the ballpark 27 seasons ago.”
Bisons To Install New Seats For 2015 – continue reading…
The Herd continued its loud bats from Monday night’s 10th inning.
Using its lately stellar offense, the Bisons took down Lehigh Valley 7-6 on Tuesday. It’s the second straight win for the Herd at Coca-Cola Park.
In a contest where the Bisons totaled 14 hits, Ryan Schimpf really stood out. The Covington, LA native has been the IronPigs’ nightmare the past two games.
The Bisons got its bats going early with four hits in the second to build a 3-0 lead. The Herd put runners at first and second after two consecutive singles form Brad Glenn and Andy LaRoche. Schimpf kept his to his scoring ways when he doubled to right to score Glenn from second and advance LaRoche to third. Cory Aldridge then followed up Schimpf’s hit with a single to right that score both runners to cap off the inning for Buffalo.
Schimpf was back at it in the fourth. Glenn once again singled his way on to start the inning. After LaRoche followed up with a flyout to center, Schimpf launched his fifth homer with the Herd. Schimpf crushed a first-pitch-strike over the heart of the plate and sent it to the bleachers in right to put Buffalo up 5-1.
A Bisons two-run fifth led to Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage’s ejection. After Kevin Pillar doubled in Jonathan Diaz from second with no one out, Jared Goedert reached on an error from pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes. It looked as if Reyes tagged Goedert on his way to first, but the home plate umpire called Goedert safe. Brundage stormed out of the dugout in a tirade until he was ejected shortly after. The error led to Glenn’s third hit of the night that scored Pillar from third to grow Buffalo’s lead to six.
Offense Keeps Buffalo In Win Column – continue reading…
In a day filled with a lot of moving parts, the Bisons fell to the PawSox, 5-2, from McCoy Stadium in the first game after the International League’s All-Star break. Rehabbing Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino had two hits and keyed a sixth-inning rally that gave Pawtucket the victory.
There was plenty of movement on Thursday even before first pitched. Scheduled Bisons starter Deck McGuire was designated for assignment by Toronto as the Blue Jays claimed pitcher Brad Mills of waivers from Oakland. Then, the announcement that top prospect Aaron Sanchez would be moved into the bullpen for his first career relief work at the Triple-A level.
But it was Pawtucket’s addition of Victorino on an MLB injury rehab assignment that had the biggest impact on Thursday’s outcome. The veteran hasn’t played with Boston since May 23 with back and hamstrings injuries, but the ‘Flyin’ Hawaiian’ showed he was ready to return with one play that decided the contest.
After singling off Sanchez to lead off the sixth inning of a 1-1 game, Victorino hustled to third base when Travis Shaw singled through the left side of the infield. Brad Glenn came up throwing, but Victorino beat the play with a head first slide that carried him into the body of third basemen Andy LaRoche. The ball skipped away just far enough to give Victorino enough time to get up and race home for the go-ahead run.
Shaw moved all the way to third on the play and scored two pitches later when Carlos Rivero collected a third hit off Sanchez in the inning. That gave Pawtucket a 3-1 edge they would not lose.
Busy Day For Bisons Ends In 5-2 loss – continue reading…
There were a lot of great stars at the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham, NC Wednesday night. The best came representing a Bisons uniform.
Herd hurler Liam Hendriks shined the brightest among minor league baseball’s stars, earning the win and MiLB.com ‘Top Star’ honors in the International League’s 7-3 win over the Pacific Coast League.
Hendriks threw two shutout innings and struck out four PCL All-Stars to set the tone for the IL. He allowed just one hit and left the 27th annual event with a 4-0 lead the IL would not relinquish.
The righty is the first Bisons hurler to earn the win in the All-Star Game since Roy Smith tossed a pair of shutout frames in the 1993 event which featured the IL, the PCL and the American Association, in which Buffalo played.
In his usual self, Hendriks threw strikes. He needed just 25 pitches (19 strikes) to get his six outs.
“I don’t know too many of [the PCL hitters], so I was just coming in trying to get ahead, stay ahead and be aggressive. I think that worked out pretty well for me today,” said Hendriks.
Bisons’ Hendriks Earns All-Star Win, Honors – continue reading…
Posted on January 26, 2014 by Buffalo Bisons Press Release
The Buffalo Bisons announced their 2014 Spring Training schedule. The Herd will play a total of 15 games against the Triple-A affiliates of the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates from March 11-29.
CLICK HERE for the team’s complete exhibition schedule.
The Toronto Blue Jays will open their 2014 Spring Training at Dunedin, FL when pitchers and catchers report on Sunday, February 16. Blue Jays’ Minor League opens on Saturday, March 1.
Opening Day in Buffalo is Thursday, April 3 at Coca-Cola Field against the Rochester Red Wings (2:05 p.m.), just 70 days away!
The exhibition schedule will start on Tuesday, March 11 in Clearwater, FL against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The Herd will play six games versus the IronPigs, five against the Indianapolis Indians and four against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The Bisons will play all their home games in the Toronto Blue Jays complex at Dunedin, FL. All games, home and road, will be played at 1:00 p.m.
Posted on January 13, 2014 by Buffalo Bisons Press Release
The Buffalo Bisons today announced that the Toronto Blue Jays have selected Gary Allenson as manager of the Herd for the 2014 season. Allenson is the 19th manager of the Buffalo Bisons in the team’s modern era.
Joining Allenson on the Bisons coaching staff will be pitching coach Randy St. Claire and hitting coach Richie Hebner. Athletic trainer Voon Chong and strength and conditioning coach Armando Gutierrez will both return for their second seasons with the Bisons.
Allenson, 58, is entering his 20th season as a manager in the minor leagues and his second in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Of his previous 19 seasons as a manager, eight have been in the International League: Louisville (1998-1999), Ottawa (2003) and Norfolk (2007-2011). Allenson also has six years of Major League coaching experience, working three years with the Boston Red Sox (bullpen coach: 1992-1993, 3B coach: 1994) and three with the Milwaukee Brewers (1B coach: 2000, 3B coach: 2001-2002).
Allenson has a career managerial record of 1,143-1,266 (.474 pct.). His career began in 1987 in the New York Yankees organization and he won a New York-Penn League Championship in his second season with the Oneonta Yankees (48-28). He then served as a minor league manager for Boston (1989-1991), Texas (1996), Houston (1997), Milwaukee (1998-1999), Baltimore (2003, 2006-2011) and Florida (2012). In 2013, he joined the Toronto Blue Jays organization and led the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 68-72 record and a 3rd place finish in the Eastern League Eastern division.
Bisons Tab Allenson As Manager For 2014 – continue reading…
Posted on August 4, 2013 by BSD Staff Reports
If you don’t care about minor league baseball live under a cave, Saturday night was the shove heard around the world heard around Coca Cola field.
Chicken Wing perpetrated the ultimate heel turn on Bisons Celery. Being it was Celery bobblehead night at the ballpark, it was widely assumed Celery would finally win the WCC race that happens at every home game. Of course, the WCC is a “sprint” that begins at the right-center field track and runs clockwise to home plate, with the field consisting of Celery, Atomic Wing, Bleu Cheese, Carrot and Chicken Wing.
Celery looked poised to finally break her drought, especially when Atomic, Blea Cheese and Chicken Wing tied up Carrot near the first base coach’s box. Just as Celery closed in on the finish line and all her glory, Chicken Wing came from behind with a two-handed shove and coasted to victory.
It was the most malicious turn since Hulk Hogan joined the NWO. Courtesy of the Bisons, see the video above.
Also, note the corresponding tweet from a bitter fan, John Maddock.
The Bisons had just three hits and Durham scored five runs in the fifth inning to win its third-straight game against Buffalo, 10-2 Monday night.
Buffalo’s pitching staff allowed a combined 16 hits in the game. The Bisons have allowed the fourth-most hits in the International League this season.
In the eighth inning the Bisons were up 2-1. But, then Mike Fontenot doubled to right to lead off the inning for the Bulls.
Two batters later Juan Apodaca tripled to center to score Fontenot and Rich Thompson then singled to right, scoring Apocada and Jason Bourgeois singled to put runners on the corners. Vince Belnome followed that up with a double to left field, scoring in two more runs and the Bulls were up 6-2 in the blink of an eye.
Bisons Drop Third Straight – continue reading…
A walk-off single by Durham’s Tim Beckham blew the Bison’s three-run lead heading into the ninth inning as Buffalo dropped its second game in a row, 9-8.
The Herd got down early in the first inning again against the Bulls, only this time it was not as difficult to come back from.
Center fielder Moises Sierra tied the game at three in the third inning with his second home run in as many games. It was his fifth home run of the season.
Buffalo took the lead for the first time in the game in the fourth inning. Right fielder Ryan Langerhans singled and after a wild pitch sent him to second base, shortstop Ryan Goin’s sacrifice-bunt advanced Langerhans to third. Second baseman Mike McCoy doubled to right to give the Bisons a 4-3 lead.
Bisons Fall On Walk-Off Single – continue reading…
The Toronto Blue Jays today announced that they have optioned Ricky Romero to the Buffalo Bisons. The Blue Jays also announced that they have selected the contracts of pitcher Ramon Ortiz and pitcher Mickey Storey off the Bisons roster.
Romero, 28, made two starts for the Blue Jays this season, making his 2013 debut on May 3rd against Seattle. The southpaw has won 51 games with the Blue Jays over the last four seasons including a 15-11 during an All-Star campaign with Toronto in 2011. He started 32 games in three consecutive seasons with the Blue Jays (2010-2012) and has 621 strikeouts in 127 career major league starts.
Ortiz, 39, returns to the Blue Jays for a second time this season after making one relief appearance on April 17. The veteran has spent the majority of 2013 with the Bisons, posting a 2-0 record in four appearances, three starts with a 2.18 ERA.
Storey, 27, has appeared in nine games, all in relief for the Bisons in 2013, posting a 0-1 record with a 3.93 ERA, striking out 23 in 17.1 innings.
One of the hottest teams in the International League kept the tides rolling on Monday night at Coca-Cola Field.
Norfolk collected its 10th win in 11 games with an 8-3 victory over the Bisons in the first game of a four-game series in downtown Buffalo. Travis Ishikawa homered twice and former Herd outfielder Jason Pridie also went deep in the game.
The Tides banged out seven extra-base hits to hand Dave Bush his second loss of the season.
Ishikawa hit his first home run with one on in the second inning, making quick work of the Herd’s early 1-0 lead. The first baseman then led off the fourth inning with a blast to deep right-center that kick-started a four-run rally that included a two-run shot from Pridie.
Lew Ford and Jonathan Schoop drove in runs in the seventh inning to seal the Tides win.
Bisons Pounded By Norfolk – continue reading…
Posted on April 24, 2013 by Buffalo Bisons Press Release
The Bisons just completed a perfect 8-0 roadtrip and made sure to bring their winning ways back home to the fans of Buffalo.
The Herd opened a four-game series with Pawtucket at Coca-Cola Field by rallying to defeat the Red Sox, 5-3, on Tuesday night. Luis Jimenez two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning gave Buffalo their ninth straight victory -one shy of the modern era record.
Buffalo swept their way through Syracuse and Lehigh Valley last week, outscoring their opponents 64-25. The perfect trip vaulted the team into first place, one game ahead of Pawtucket.
Both the lead and the win streak looked in jeopardy on Tuesday as Pawtucket jumped out to a 3-0 in the first inning. But as Edgar Gonzalez and three relievers kept the PawSox at bay, the high-powered Bisons offense took over.
Bisons Win Ninth Straight – continue reading…
Posted on April 22, 2013 by Buffalo Bisons Press Release
The road has been kind for the Buffalo Bisons.For the first time in the modern era, the Bisons went a perfect 8-0 on a trip away from Coca-Cola Field. After a four-game sweep of the Chiefs in Syracuse last week, the Herd completed a second sweep in Lehigh Valley with an 8-2 victory over the IronPigs on Monday.
There have been several recipes for success since the Herd was in Western New York. The club came through with clutch hitting in a pair of one-run wins to sweep a doubleheader in Syracuse on Wednesday. The big bats then took over with Thursday’s record-setting 27-9 win and then an 8-4 victory in Lehigh Valley on Saturday. Over the weekend and into Monday, it was the pitching that has powered the Herd.
On Monday, Justin Germano allowed just two runs over seven innings for his team-leading third win of the season. He scattered 11 hits, but benefited from a pair of doubleplays and the fact that he did not issue a walk. Germano struck out three and threw 59 of his 94 pitches for strikes.
Bisons Cap Off Perfect Road Trip – continue reading…
With five runs in the first inning and five more in the second, the Rochester Red Wings were well on their way to handing the Bisons their first loss of the season. And although Buffalo got a quartet of home runs, including two from Andy LaRoche, it wasn’t nearly enough in a 14-5 loss at Frontier Field to their closest rival.
The Herd won the first three games of the season but failed in its bid for a complete sweep of a four-game home-and-home series with Rochester.
The Red Wings rudely greeted the newest Bison, Tyson Brummett. The first five Rochester batters reached base, including a two-run double from Clete Thomas that made the score 3-0 without an out recorded. Brummett rebounded to strike out Mark Sobolewski, but after a fielding error behind him and his third walk of the inning, the righty was pulled from the game.
Brummett was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire on Sunday morning to pitch in the spot vacated by Dave Bush’s promotion to Toronto.
Bisons Suffer First Loss – continue reading…
In their first game as the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Herd had 17 hits in a 12-7 win against the Rochester Red Wings. Every Buffalo starter managed at least a hit in front of 15,852, the largest Opening Day crowd at the downtown ballpark since 2004.
“It was nice,” second baseman and Buffalo-native Jim Negrych said. “The crowd was great, the atmosphere was fantastic. To go out and do what we did as a team out there was a good way to start the season.”
The productive day offensively was a byproduct of the team’s patience at the plate.
“I was real pleased with how the guys went about getting good pitches to hit,” manager Marty Brown said. “That’s one of the things we really stress in spring training – try to get good pitches and not sell yourself out.”
Centerfielder Anthony Gose paced the Bisons’ offense from the start, stretching a single into a double in the bottom of the first. Luis Jimenez scored him two batters later to tie the score at one.
Bisons Start New Era With Victory – continue reading…
Posted on September 18, 2012 by Buffalo Bisons Press Release
With great excitement and anticipation, the Buffalo Bisons today announced that they are the new Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Bisons and Blue Jays today agreed to a two-year player development contract, aligning the Herd with Toronto for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Bisons take the field as a Blue Jays’ affiliate for the first time on Opening Day, Thursday, April 4, 2013 against the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field.
“Aligning with the Blue Jays not only gives the Bisons a great regional partner, but also aligns us with one of the top minor league systems in all of baseball,” said Bob Rich Jr., President/Owner of the Bisons. “Toronto has a well-documented commitment to developing exciting young talent throughout their farm system.”
“We are thrilled to enter into partnership with the Buffalo Bisons organization and more specifically with Mindy and Bob Rich who we have known for many years,” said Toronto Blue Jays President and C.E.O. Paul Beeston. “This relationship is a natural fit, both geographically and philosophically. The Bisons are committed to winning and the Rich family to providing an environment consistent with the values we are establishing with the Blue Jays. Simply put, we are fortunate they have agreed to align with our program and we thank them for the confidence they have shown in us.”
Bisons, Blue Jays Make It Official – continue reading…
After three straight International League victories in the midsummer classic, the Pacific Coast League reversed its fortunes with a 3-0 victory over the IL on Thursday evening at the Triple-A All-Star Game at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY, presented by New Era Company and The Buffalo News. The PCL used a pair of runs in the opening frame to secure its first victory over the IL in four years.
With the way the game began, the contest was destined to be a high-scoring affair. After the opening frame, the pitchers took over the contest. The two teams allowed a combined three runs off 13 hits, while striking out 22 batters.
The 11-member PCL pitching staff secured the win for its team, holding the IL to five hits, including 11 strikeouts.
The IL was led by Buffalo starter Matt Harvey, who pitched two scoreless frames in the second and third innings. For his efforts, the Herd starter was selected as the MiLB.com Top Star, while not allowing a hit and striking out a pair of runners.
PCL Wins All-Star Game In Buffalo – continue reading…
Three Bisons players will represent Buffalo at the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 11 at Coca-Cola Field, presented by the New Era Cap Company and The Buffalo News (7:00 p.m.). The International League announced its full 30-man All-Star Team today.
Pitcher Fernando Cabrera was elected as a starter for the International League while pitcher Matt Harvey and outfielder Valentino Pascucci were selected to the IL’s All-Star Squad as reserves.
Click HERE for the complete 2012 International League All-Star Team.
Three Bisons Named To All-Star Game – continue reading…
The Bisons came out with the mentality of making up for their shutout loss Saturday night.
The result Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field was a 4-2 win over the Tides.
The Herd struck first in the bottom of the third.
Bottom half for the Bisons began on back-to-back singles by Sean Kazmar and Corey Wimberly. After that, Brad Emaus hit a bunt to Tides starter Zach Britton to sacrifice Kazmar and Wimberly to second and third with one out.
Bisons Hold Off Tide, 4-2 – continue reading…
The New York Mets today announced that Ruben Tejeda has joined the Buffalo Bisons on an MLB injury rehabilitation assignment. He will be available for tonight’s game against the Mud Hens in Toledo (7:00 p.m.).
Tejada, 22, was placed on the Mets disabled list on May 7 with a right quad strain. He played in 27 games with New York this season and hit .305 (32-105) with 10 doubles, eight RBI and 14 runs scored.
Tejada played in 119 combined games with the Bisons in 2010 and 2011. He hit .280 (61-218) with a home run and 16RBI in 65 games during the 2010 season. Last year, Tejada hit .246 (51-207) with three home runs and 21RBI in 54 games with Buffalo.
Moments after the first pitch on what was supposed to be a chilly Home Opener, the sun peaked through the clouds over downtown Buffalo. The Bisons batters spent the rest of the game trying to hit it with the baseball…and they came pretty close.
Buffalo blasted four long home runs -three coming in a seven-run fourth inning- in a 12-3 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the 25th Opening Day at Coca-Cola Field. The run total set a new modern era record for the team’s first home game of a season.
All four Bisons homers would’ve been out of any park with fences. Zach Lutz hit two of the home runs himself, with both clearing the 40-foot netting in left field. His first -and first of the season- led off a two-run second inning that gave Buffalo the early lead.
Bisons Set Record In Home Opening Win – continue reading…
Posted on March 2, 2012 by Eric EdGrechie
Earlier this week I caught a replay of the Buffalo Bisons “Back to Baseball” Hot Stove luncheon and enjoyed the interview with new manager, Wally Backman. A mainstay of the great New York Mets teams of the 1980s, the popular former player should help energize a Buffalo team that hasn’t made it to the postseason since 2005.
Anyone that watches ESPN – or reads the Wall Street Journal for that matter – knows the Mets are a financial mess. Team owner Fred Wilpon has decided to cut team payroll at the Major League level to make up for some of the woes. Last season, New York payed out $143 million, giving the Mets one of baseball’s highest payrolls. In 2012, Wilpon will cut that down $52 million to $91 million.
There are many reasons for the fiasco from an overly-expensive Citi Field that doesn’t fill up to the Wilpons dealings with convicted Ponzi scheme swindler Bernard Madoff. Not surprisingly, Mets fans and baseball pundits aren’t expecting too much from the team this season.
DeGrechie: Backman Right Guy For Bisons Job – continue reading…
Posted on November 29, 2011 by Charles Roberts
Twitter. Facebook. Look at me. Look at her. Look at him. Look at us. But seriously, look at me.
The world has gone nuts. More specifically, the sports world is about a fry short of a Happy Meal.
Politics notwithstanding, name another profession where you can not only publically – and by publically, I mean on national television and in front of nearly 100,000 paying customers – humiliate the company brand. Oh, and while seeking a significant raise. Did I mention you want the raise despite hardly showing up for work for the better part of a month, too?
Twitter, Facebook & Stevie Johnson – The Ugly Side Of Sports – continue reading…
Posted on June 15, 2011 by Patrick Moran
Does anyone remember the days when the Buffalo Bisons used to be dominant in Triple-A minor league baseball? Maybe it wasn’t that long ago, but this current crop of Bisons make it seem like a distant memory.
The Bisons lost their fifth straight game at home yesterday to the Columbus Clippers. We’re just reaching the midpoint of June and it’s painfully obvious the Bisons will spend the summer playing out the string. They’re already 15 games out of first place in their division and 11 out of a wild-card spot. Again, it’s only mid-June.
Thanks for nothing—- New York Mets.
Bumbling Bisons Falling Off Fast – continue reading…
Indianapolis did all the damage they needed in the second inning Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field rolling to a, 13-4, win over the Bisons.
Eight of the 13 runs the Indians scored came in the second inning against starter Josh Stinson. John Bowker’s double down the right-field line got the inning started and he quickly moved to third on a ground ball from Matt Hague. Hague was safe on first due to an error by Valentino Pascucci. Andrew Lambo grounded to Pascucci who attempted to get Bowker at the plate. All runners reached safely and Bowker scored the Indians first run of the inning. Eric Fryer kept the hits coming with his second homerun of the season plating three-runs.
The second inning didn’t end there as the Tribe batted around filling the bases in the process. With one out Bowker came to the plate for the second time in the inning and hit his second double of the game clearing the bases and making it, 8-0.
Bisons Open Series With A Loss – continue reading…