The major-league roster is far from set and a lot could be determined at this week's Winter Meetings but the Toronto Blue Jays have a seminal year coming up in the minor leagues as well. The Jays could be in for a serious transition season if they lose Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista to free agency. Trades in recent years have sapped the upper levels of their system bu…

It was 27 seasons ago when Bobby Meacham last roamed the baseball field in downtown Buffalo. The 1989 season with the Buffalo Bisons would be his penultimate as a player and as he recalled those days playing for Terry Collins, there's an ever-so-slight undertone that Meacham might not have been the easiest guy for Collins to manage. It wasn't just a stroll down memory…

There's a new skipper coming to town. The Toronto Blue Jays have selected Bobby Meacham to manage the Buffalo Bisons for the 2017 season. Meacham will be the 20th manager in the Bisons' modern era and the first African American to lead the Herd in the team's 133-year history. He also is the second former Bison player to manage the team, having played in 94 games for …

If you lived at War Memorial Stadium during the summer in the 1980s, there's plenty to ready about today in the wake of the sudden passing of Donald Palmer, better known as "The Butcher".  As Bob DiCesare wrote in his appreciation, The Butcher defined an era. The rotund batboy was one of the main personality points of the early days of the Bisons' modern era of Triple-…

The 1980s resurgence of minor league baseball in Buffalo was as noteworthy for the characters on the flanks as the players and the game. Tom Girot transformed into “Conehead” as he hawked beers up and down the steep Rockpile steps. Earl Patterson Howze Jr., aka The Earl of Bud, turned his impromptu “Tequila” dance into an event eagerly awaited come the seventh-inni…

The Buffalo Bisons announced Tuesday that Donald Palmer, a batboy well-known as "the Butcher" during the team's time at War Memorial Stadium, has died. Gene Warner wrote this story on Palmer during his adult years. It was published August 9, 2004. By Gene Warner NEWS STAFF REPORTER War Memorial Stadium might have been the only baseball park in America where a ba…

The Buffalo Bisons are mourning the loss of "The Butcher." Donald Palmer, better known the bat boy and fixture at Bisons games at War Memorial Stadium in the 1980s, died. "The Butcher was more than just a bat boy, rather a major part of the overall experience that Bisons fans had when they attended games at War Memorial Stadium," Jonathan A. Dandes, President of Rich…

LISBON, Portugal -- Bill James and his wife couldn't decipher the television in their hotel room Tuesday night. So they tried to sleep, occasionally arising to check election returns on their computer. The votes weren't adding up to the polling models. Not even close. That troubled James for multiple reasons. Hundreds of supposedly scientific polls were wrong abou…

In the wake of what we just saw in October and November, doesn't it stand to reason that closers heading into free agency should get big money and perhaps even more bucks than what most starting pitchers get? Aroldis Chapman of the Cubs, Mark Melancon of the Nationals and Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers are among those who will be free agents and that period opens Tuesday.…

Let me get straight to the point. I’m cursed out. It’s not in the manner in which Buffalo fans unload four-letter bombs on Tom Brady every time he struts through the tunnel and resumes destroying the Bills. I’ve been cursed out that way many times, so allow me a shoutout to the master: Hi Dad! I’m suffering from sports-curse fatigue, commonly caused by overus…

According to multiple reports Friday, the Arizona Diamondbacks' new manager is going to be Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Torey Lovullo. A former star player and manager of the Bisons, Lovullo will reportedly be introduced Monday in Phoenix. Lovullo, 51, has been the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox under former Buffalo teammate John Farrell the last four years, winn…

Judging by the local ratings for the Chicago Cubs’ 8-7 victory over Cleveland in game 7 to win the World Series, there are a lot of sleepy eyes and yawns around Western New York offices today. What arguably will go down as one of the greatest games in baseball history had a 22.1 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate, over the four hours and 45 minutes. That made it …

CLEVELAND – No more billy goats. No more black cats. No more Bartman too. The best team in baseball all season finally got the job done here early Thursday morning, defying its laundry list of curses and earning a reward more than a century in the making. Here's a sentence their legions of fans from coast to coast never thought they would ever read: The Chicago Cubs a…

CLEVELAND – A baseball season that began with the promise of 30 teams under the February sun of Florida and Arizona finally ended Wednesday, during a summer-like night in November on the shores of Lake Erie. Somebody's decades-long string of futility was set to be wiped out in Progressive Field as the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs played Game Seven of the World …