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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 i…

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The Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2018 ballot on Monday and the guess is that it's going to be arriving on my doorstep today. But when I opened my email this morning, the plot just got quite a bit thicker. Sitting in the inbox was a 1,074-word missive from Hall of Fame vice chairman Joe Morgan, the former great second baseman of Cincinnati's Big Red Machine and a …

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The New York Yankees have interviewed Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Eric Wedge for their vacant managerial job, the team announced Friday. Wedge, 49, has most recently been a field coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays' minor league system and a regular visitor to Bisons' games. He had returned to live in Western New York after he was fired by the Seattle Mariners in 2…

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We're heading into winter but the promotional machine inside Coca-Cola Field never slows down and the Bisons are rolling out a new question today: Who should be the new racer to replace Celery in the nightly mascot race? https://twitter.com/BuffaloBisons/status/927952066236026880 Celery became the, ahem, stalk of the town all summer as it finally earned its long-awai…

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The discussion about tanking never really goes away in these parts as long as the Sabres stay near the bottom of the NHL standings, and it got a new jolt Wednesday night when the Houston Astros wrapped up the first World Series title in their 56-year history just four seasons after they were 51-111. Pro-tankers are quick to hop on the Astros' bandwagon as a foolproof ex…

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By BILLY WITZ LOS ANGELES – If the Houston Astros had plenty on their minds – and the weight of history on their backs – it hardly seemed like a burden when they arrived at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. A franchise that had never won a championship in its 55 previous seasons faced the daunting task of playing Game 7 of the World Series in front of a boisterous cro…

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The Buffalo Bisons have announced game times for the 2018 season, the 134th year of professional baseball in Buffalo and the team's 31st at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons open their home schedule on Thursday, April 12, against the Indianapolis Indians at 2:05 p.m. They open the season on a six-game road trip, starting Friday, April 6, in Rochester. All season tickets, tick…

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Memo to the Houston Astros: If you make the World Series again and Brian Duff walks through the gates of Minute Maid Park, expect a long night. Duff, the Sabres' host on MSG telecasts, is a diehard Astros fan from his days of idolizing Nolan Ryan. He attended Game Three of the 2005 Series, the Astros' 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox in 14 innings that took 5 hours, 47…

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I waited to write this piece until the World Series, this dramatic showdown between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. The afternoon light and scattered leaves of late October always carry me back to childhood. We'd run home after school to catch the end of each game, in an era when the World Series was played in the afternoon, and maybe we'd grab our gloves and p…

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The roll call of former Bisons connections managing in the big leagues has been cut by two this month with the essentially forced retirement of Terry Collins in New York and the dismissal of John Farrell in Boston. But a new name has surfaced as a potential leading candidate to join the group that now numbers five skippers. Ex-Buffalo catcher Dusty Wathan, the clubho…

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Even though the New York Yankees won 91 games and got within one victory of the World Series, it still seemed like it might be time for Joe Girardi to go. On the surface, it was a stunner when word came out of the Bronx Thursday morning that Girardi is gone. The Yankees have decided not to offer him a new contract and are moving on after 10 seasons. The surprisingly …

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Aaron Judge surprised nobody last week when he was asked about his shortcomings after the Yankees took down the Indians in the American League Division Series. Judge was 1 for 20 in the five games and struck out 16 times, a record for one player in any postseason series. "It's part of the process," Judge said. "Just stay the course." Ah, yes, The Process. A day do…

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CLEVELAND – Didi Gregorius must have felt like he walked into an impossible situation when he first reported to the Yankees in 2015. He wasn't just playing shortstop. He was replacing Derek Jeter, the most beloved Yankee of his time and among the most revered big-league players over the past half-century. Jeter spent 20 years playing in the Bronx. He was a fixture at …

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Eric Byrnes, self-described "lifetime Buffalo Bills apologist," is nevertheless conflicted about his team. The 11-year Major League Baseball outfielder and MLB Network analyst joined this week's "Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan with a pep-talk tradeoff: We told him why his Bills are fine in exchange for him explaining why my Cleveland Indians will be OK in…