Tops in licensing
The Buffalo Bisons were named one of the top 25 teams in licensed merchandise sales for 2017 as announced by Minor League Baseball. All 160 minor league teams set a record with more than $70.8 million in retail sales last year. The list does not include the amount of money generated by individual teams. The Bisons did not make the top 25 list in 2016.
The Rochester Red Wings also made the top 25 for 2017. Eight International League teams were among the minor league leaders in merchandise sales. Along with the Bisons and Red Wings were the Charlotte Knights, Columbus Clippers, Durham Bulls, Indianapolis Indians, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, and Toledo Mud Hens.
The long ball
While the Bisons aren’t winning any home run derby contests, they are slugging for the fences a bit better this season.
Last year the Herd ranked last in the International League with 78 home runs. When the week began on Monday, the Bisons were 10th in the 14-team league with 68.
Three players are tied for the team lead in homers with 10 – Danny Jansen, Rowdy Tellez and Jason Leblebijian.
By the numbers
19-9 – the Bisons record in day games
31-11 – Buffalo’s record when it scores first
26-21 – the Herd’s record at home
Finding his groove
First baseman Rowdy Tellez is starting to find his groove at the plate. In his last 10 games, Tellez has hit .300 (12 for 40) with four home runs and two doubles while driving in nine runs.
He has raised his batting average 11 points in that span. He is hitting .260 for the season in his second full year with the Bisons after hitting .222 in 122 games for the Herd in 2017.
He said it:
“The key to being a good player is knowing what you did well and being able to repeat it.” – Bisons manager Bobby Meacham on hitting surge by Rowdy Tellez