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Meacham named manager for the Buffalo Bisons

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 the Herd in 1989, when he hit .218 and drove in 25 runs.

Meacham spend the last three seasons as the manager of Double-A New Hampshire after joining the Blue Jays organization in 2013 at Single-A Dunedin. In 2015 he earned the Bobby Mattick Award for excellence in player development within the Toronto organization.

This will be Meacham's second stint at managing in Triple-A. He led the Calgary Cannons (Pittsburgh) in the Pacific Coast League in 1995.

Meacham played in 457 career major-league games and was the New York Yankees everyday shortstop in 1985 when he stole a career-high 25 bases. In his MLB career he hit .236 with 58 doubles, eight home runs and 114 runs batted in.

His coaching career also includes major-league stints serving as the third base coach for Florida (2006) and the Yankees (2008) and first base coach for San Diego (2007) and Houston (2010-12).

Meacham will be formally introduced at a press conference on Tuesday.

Also in Bisons' news, the Blue Jays signed right-handed pitcher Jarrett Grube and catcher Michael Ohlman to minor-league contracts with invitations to major-league spring training.

Grube spent last season with the Columbus Clippers and Tacoma Rainiers (PCL). The 35-year-old was a combined 1-7 with a 3.92 earned run average, striking out 106 batters with 34 walks in 119 1/3 innings.

Ohlman spent 2016 in the St. Louis Cardinals organization playing in Triple-A Memphis and Double-A Springfield. He hit a combined .287 with 12 doubles, two triples and seven homers while driving in 44 runs.

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