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From utility man to most valuable player.

Bill Selby doesn't have a set position, but the Bisons couldn't have made their run at the International League North title without his contributions.

Selby, who hit .337 in July and August, was named the winner of the Stan Barron MVP Award Sunday in Fan Appreciation Night ceremonies prior to Buffalo's game against the Rochester Red Wings.

Selby made his fifth start of the season in left field Sunday. He's made 65 starts as the designated hitter, 22 at third base, 13 at second and 11 in right field. He's also appeared in six different slots in the batting order.

The 29-year-old Selby entered the game with a .294 batting average, his highest since hitting .310 in 1994 at Class A Lynchburg. He has 20 homers, one more than his career high, and a team-high 85 RBIs, well above his previous personal best of 69.

Selby hit .254 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs for the Bisons last season. He was Buffalo's leading hitter in the International League playoffs, going 12 for 25.

Other award winners:

The Joe De Sa Most Inspirational Player -- Chan Perry, who shuttled between the outfield and first base to collect 10 homers and 59 RBIs in 79 games. Perry, who suffered a season-ending wrist injury last Monday against Ottawa, hit .317 with 26 RBIs in August.

The Judge Dillon Comeback Player of the Year -- Pitcher Dave Telgheder, who has gone 8-8 with a 3.95 earned run average after coming back from a major knee injury suffered last year while playing in Oakland.

The Fremo Vallone Community Service winner -- Catcher Steven Soliz, the only player who was on Buffalo's roster for the entire 1997 and 1998 championship seasons. Soliz is involved with many of the Herd's youth clinics and also volunteers for the Red Cross and Children's Hospital.

The Joe Byron Fan of the Year -- John Moore of Grand Island, a season ticket-holder who is the president of Buffalo Trax, which stages the popular Party at the Park Saturday concert series at the ballpark.

The Bisons Booster Club named Jeff Manto their favorite player, Jason Rakers favorite pitcher and Selby unsung hero. The boosters also presented manager Jeff Datz with an achievement award for his two seasons at the helm.

Originally thought to be out for what was left of the season, third baseman Russell Branyan has rejoined the Bisons and played in both ends of Saturday's doubleheader at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Branyan hurt his left wrist swinging in the on-deck circle Aug. 28 at Syracuse and had not played since.Branyan was 2 for 7 with a walk in Saturday and said he had no pain.

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