Gary Allenson will be back for a third season as manager of the Buffalo Bisons, and he will have a familiar supporting cast with him.
The Bisons announced Tuesday that Allenson, along with hitting coach Richie Hebner, athletic trainer Voon Chong and strength and conditioning coach Jason Dowse will be back with Buffalo’s International League team.
The “new” pitching coach will be a familiar face. Bob Stanley, who directed the Herd’s staff in 2013, will return, replacing Randy St. Claire, who retired.
The 60-year-old Allenson, a former major league catcher who spent most of his career with the Boston Red Sox, has a 145-142 record in his two seasons with the Bisons. Last season the Herd finished 68-76 with a team that tied for third in the league with a .260 batting average.
This coming season will be Allenson’s 22nd as a minor league manager and 11th in the I.L.
He started as manager of the Oneonta Yankees of the New York-Penn League in 1987. He also has managed in the Boston, Texas, Houston, Milwaukee, Baltimore and Florida organizations as well as his present assignment with Toronto.
His overall record is 1,245-1,362.
Former Red Sox pitcher Stanley was the Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach in 2014. Last season he was pitching coach for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League.