Bobby Meacham will return to manage the Buffalo Bisons in 2018. The Toronto Blue Jays made the contract official on Tuesday.
The Bisons went 65-76 in 2017, the first under Meacham, who also played for the Bisons in 1989. He is the second person to both play for and manage the team in the modern era. (The other being Torey Lovullo.)
Last year, the Bisons were fifth in the International League North Division and had a winning home record of 36-35. Several players earned their first Major League promotions including outfielders Dwight Smith Jr. and Ian Parmley, catcher Mike Ohlman, and pitchers Chris Rowley, Luis Santos, and Tim Mayza.
Meacham has been with the Blue Jays organization since 2013, managing Single-A Dunedin then spending three years with Double-A New Hampshire. In 2015 he received the Bobby Mattick Award for excellence in player development in the Blue Jays organization.
His coaching career includes six years at the Major League level serving as a third base coach for Florida (2006) and the New York Yankees (2008) and first base coach for San Diego (2007) and Houston (2010-12).