Bisons manager Marty Brown takes a seat on the Norfolk infield Sunday. (MILB.TV video)
By Mike Harrington
The Buffalo Bisons open a four-game homestand tonight at Coca-Cola Field against Lehigh Valley but veteran manager Marty Brown will be absent for the first two games after earning a suspension from the International League in the wake of his comedic ejection Sunday at Norfolk.
Brown was suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount, the team said today. Pitching coach Bob Stanley and batting coach Jon Nunnally ran the team during Monday's 10-5 win at Norfolk, and Toronto Blue Jays minor league field coordinator Doug Davis will be at the head of the Herd tonight and Wednesday.
Brown was ejected in the second inning Sunday, arguing that second baseman Jim Negrych had been interfered with while trying to field an infield chopper. Base umpire Kevin Bultron ejected Brown and the Bisons skipper than made contact with plate umpire Travis Carlson, who tried to get between them.
Brown then sat down on the infield, refusing to leave the field, and tossed his helmet. The umpires walked away from Brown, who finally got up and booted his helmet toward the Buffalo dugout. I've watched the video on the MILB.TV subscription package. Classic. Hysterically funny -- except, of course, to IL president Randy Mobley.
345 pm update: Ask and ye shall received. Deadspin has weighed in on Brown and the video is starting to end up all over the place.
(Why does it say "Cleveland" on Brown's uniforms? The Bisons and Tides were wearing Negro League uniforms in a Turn Back the Clock promotion).
Davis, the field coordinator since 2009, managed the Syracuse Chiefs in 2007 and 2008 and was in charge of Double-A New Hamphire in 2006. was manager of Eastern League New Hampshire FisherCats in 2006 and the Syracuse Chiefs from 2007-2008 and played professionally as a catcher for 11 seasons between 1984-1994.
Davis had a 12-year pro career as a catcher, playing seven games in the majors for California and Texas. He played 61 games for the 1992 Oklahoma City 89ers, the Texas affiliate that swept the Bisons in four straight games in the American Association finals.