Mike Harrington, The Buffalo News
print logo

Mike Harrington

Canisius College graduate Mike Harrington began his career at The News in 1987. He has covered the Buffalo Bisons since the 1988 opening of Coca-Cola Field, Major League Baseball since 1995 and the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series -- including 18 World Series -- and was a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. He became a voter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Class of 2017 and is the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Harrington previously covered Big 4 college basketball for 15 seasons and was a Top 25 voter for 10 years.


MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was working the crowd full of kids Sunday night in Williamsport, Pa., and had to know MLB hit a home run. The Little League Classic was about far more than the Pirates and Cardinals playing an official game in a heavily renovated Class A ballpark. It was a daylong celebration of the game the big-league guys played as kids and the scenes ever…

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parenthesis. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers. The rich get richer with nifty late-night addition of Mets' Granderson. (1) 2. Houston Astros.  Keuchel (11-2) posts seven shutout innings in Oakland. (2) 3. Washington Nationals. GM Rizzo says they "dodged" a bullet with gruesome-looking Harper knee injury. (3) 4. Boston …

There should be no confusion about what Jack Eichel wants. He's not looking to take a short-term deal with the Buffalo Sabres to force a trade or get an earlier ride into free agency. He wants to sign a long-term deal in Buffalo and the word is the sides want it done before training camp starts next month. "I've made it clear that I want to be a Sabre. I want to be i…

The Buffalo Sabres have signed their last restricted free agent, agreeing to a two-year deal with forward Zemgus Girgensons that will pay the Latvian an average annual value of $1.6 million. Girgensons, 23, is coming off the least productive of his four NHL seasons last year as he posted a career-low 16 points in 75 games. Girgensons had back-to-back seven-goal seasons …

The Buffalo Sabres have announced individual-game and Mini-Pack prices for the 2017-18 season, and they feature no increase for the box office starting point and a complete overhaul of the Mini-Pack program. Single-game tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 16. Tickets for home preseason games, priced at $22-$45, go on sale Aug. 30. The Sabres will retain the dyna…

Boston fans can go to the New England Sports Museum inside the halls of TD Garden, home of the Celtics and Bruins. The facility is celebrating its 40th year and has an annual budget of $1.4 million. In Pittsburgh, you can relive the glory of Roberto Clemente, the Steel Curtain, Mario Lemieux or high school football at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. The Green…

The Buffalo Sabres tried to land college hockey's top player last summer but Harvard winger Jimmy Vesey opted for the bright lights of New York and signed with the Rangers. Now comes a report that the Sabres are apparently back in the market for the 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner this August. According to the Denver Post, University of Denver defenseman Will Butcher is s…

Hockey Hall of Famers Chris Chelios and Brian Leetch have been named the head coaches for the sixth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, to be played Sept. 21 in KeyBank Center. Tickets for the event, which features 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas, go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m at Sabres.com, AllAmericanPros…

Just imagine you bought Subway Series tickets way back in March. Two games in Yankee Stadium on Monday and Tuesday. Games in Citi Field on Wednesday and Thursday. Mid-August. Middle of the pennant race. Think of the drama you figured to see. Now think of the reality. The Yankees, while still leading the AL wild-card race, are coming off two horrific losses to the Red So…

When it comes to the Dog Days of August, the Yankees are in the throes of them. Don't let Friday's did-you-see-that comeback against the Red Sox fool you. What has been a fascinating transition season engineered by GM Brian Cashman is clearly in danger of slipping away thanks to a quiet offense and injuries on the mound. Slugger Aaron Judge entered the weekend having…

Through Thursday's games. Most recent rankings in parenthesis. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers. To win 80th in Game No. 113 is remarkable. Page A-1 L.A. Times headline: "Best Dodgers Team Ever?" (2) https://twitter.com/McCulloughTimes/status/893864011950956553 2. Houston Astros. Failed to augment pitching depth at deadline. (1) 3. Washington Nationals. Already a virtual…

TORONTO -- Whether it's because of injuries, ineffectiveness or maybe even trades, you can't figure to go an entire season with just five starting pitchers. Since they affiliated with the Buffalo Bisons in 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays have bucked that trend and have mostly done exactly that. But fate caught up to them this year and their lack of pitching depth at the top…

Sabres Hall of Famer and former Buffalo coach Craig Ramsay has been named head coach of the Slovakian national team, earning a two-year deal to direct the team in the 2018 Winter Olympics and as the host in the 2019 World Championships. Who made the choice of Ramsay? Former Sabres 40-goal scorer Miroslav Satan, who is his nation's general manager after serving in a simi…