Even though first baseman/designated hitter Valentino Pascucci is tied for the International League lead in RBIs, the Buffalo Bisons were shut out of the IL All-Star Team for the fourth straight year when selections were named Tuesday.
Pascucci was beaten out at first base by Indianapolis' Matt Hague, who leads the league with 157 hits. The DH was Scranton's Jorge Vazquez, who has nine of his league-leading 30 home runs against Buffalo.
Pascucci has 91 RBIs and entered play Tuesday tied with all-star outfielder Stefan Gartrell of Gwinnett. The Bisons were off Tuesday and return to action tonight at 7 against Syracuse in Coca-Cola Field (Radio 1520 AM). The Herd's home finale is Thursday at 6 before the season closes with a four-game road trip to Scranton and Lehigh Valley.
Durham third baseman Russ Canzler was named the league's MVP while Gwinnett pitcher Julio Teheran (15-2) was named Pitcher of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Columbus' Mike Sarbaugh was named Manager of the Year.
The Bisons announced Tuesday that injured Niagara County Sheriff Deputy Allen Gerhardt will throw a ceremonial first pitch tonight at about 6:50.
Gerhardt, 36, lost both of his legs on July 18 when he lost control of his patrol car while assisting another officer on a high-speed chase. Deputies Shawn Grapes and John Andres, who came to his aid and applied tourniquets, will escort him on the field.
The Bisons will donate proceeds of tickets sold by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office (available for $10 by calling 438-3370) to Gerhardt's recovery. The office will also hold a 5 0/5 0 split club and Buffalo sports memorabilia raffle.
Thursday's 6:05 game is the team's annual Fan Appreciation Night. The gates open at 5 and the first 10,000 fans will receive a 2012 schedule poster highlighting the team's 25th anniversary celebration planned for next season. The team will present its annual awards prior to the game, there will be giveaways every inning and one of the season's biggest postgame fireworks shows.
In-game entertainment will feature the Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents. George (Washington), Thomas (Jefferson), Abe (Lincoln) and Teddy (Roosevelt) will join Bisons characters Chicken Wing, Bleu Cheese and Celery on the field.
The team has a limited number of Fan Appreciation Night 4-packs still available at Bisons.com. For $61, fans can get four tickets, four hot dogs, four Coca-Cola drinks and one Bisons logo T-shirt.
The Bisons had no update Tuesday on the status of the Buster Bison/Mr. Met bobbleheads that were supposed to be given away Monday. They were stuck at the Port of New York in the wake of Hurricane Irene and remained there as of late Tuesday afternoon.
The team is awaiting their transport to Buffalo and will post on its Web site when fans who received coupons for them Monday night can pick them up at the ballpark ticket office.