Former Bisons manager Eric Wedge, ex-Buffalo outfielder Greg Tubbs and longtime Western New York-based scout Bob Miske have been elected to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame, the Hall committee and the Buffalo Bisons announced Wednesday.
The trio will be inducted in ceremonies prior to the Bisons’ game July 11 against Durham in Coca-Cola Field. Their inductions will increase the Hall’s membership to 91.
Wedge is the third manager in the Bisons modern era to be inducted into the Hall, joining current New York Mets skipper Terry Collins (Class of 1992) and Brian Graham (Class of 2008). Tubbs was a three-year outfielder during the 1990s when the Bisons were a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate and Miske, an Eggertsville native and current New York Yankees employee, is in his 50th year of scouting.
Wedge managed the Bisons to a 178-108 record and playoff berths in 2001 and 2002, setting a modern-era mark for winning percentage at .622. His 2001 team won a modern-era franchise record of 91 games but lost Game Five of the IL semifinals to Scranton in a 19-inning thriller that remains the longest game in the downtown ballpark’s history.
The ’02 Bisons were 87-57 and avenged that loss to Scranton by sweeping the Red Barons in a three-game semifinal series before losing to Durham in three straight in the IL finals. Wedge was the IL manager that summer at the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Wedge managed the Cleveland Indians from 2003 to 2009, posting a 561-573 record and getting the Tribe within one game of the World Series in 2007 before it lost Game Seven of the ALCS in Boston. Wedge managed the Seattle Mariners the last three years, posting a 213-273 record before resigning last September.
He is doing TV work this year for ESPN while living in East Aurora with his wife, Kate, and two children. Wedge met his wife, an Alden native, while he managed the Bisons.
Tubbs was the most common leadoff hitter for the Bisons in 1991, 1992 and 1994. In 364 games he batted .283 posted 370 hits, third in the modern era. Tubbs and Jesus Feliciano (2009-11) are the only two Bisons since 1985 to have 100-plus hits in three separate seasons.
Tubbs is also known for catching the final out in center field for both of the Bisons’ American Association division-clinching wins at then-Pilot Field in 1991 and 1992.
Miske is in his 50th year of scouting and is entering the Hall in the Steward category. The 1961 University of Buffalo graduate has worked for the Dodgers, Yankees and Seattle Mariners. He began his career with the Dodgers in 1964 and spent 30 years with Los Angeles, earning World Series rings in 1981 and 1988. He worked for the Yankees from 1994 to 2001, with Seattle from 2002 to 2008 and returned to the Yankees in 2009.
Miske is a member of the UB Athletic Hall of Fame and Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Mid-Atlantic Scouts Hall of Fame, the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame and the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame.