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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges, baseball and hockey for The Buffalo News since 1999. An endurance athlete, she has completed an Ironman along with numerous marathons and half-marathons.


Bisons and Baseball

Dalton Pompey has not been around the Buffalo Bisons' clubhouse this week. The reason: The outfielder has been suspended by the Toronto Blue Jays. "He's serving a suspension right now," Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said after the Herd dropped a 6-4 decision to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Thursday afternoon. "Just a team policy violation. We're all taking care of it…

Bisons and Baseball

The Buffalo Bisons used the long ball to end a three-game losing streak to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the second half of a doubleheader Wednesday night. Danny Jansen hit a two-run shot while Jonathan Davis notched his first Triple-A homer as the Herd earned a 3-2 win in front of 7,135 at Coca-Cola Field. The win came after the Bisons were shut out, 1-0, in the fir…

Bisons and Baseball

Bobby Meacham shrugged off the implication that he’s under more pressure these days. As manager of the Buffalo Bisons, he is now in charge of the development of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top prospect in all of minor league baseball. But there is no pressure for Meacham. Sure Guerrero Jr. is a special talent. But he’s also a young baseball player, trying to find his way…

Bisons and Baseball

The buzz of the night went to Vladimir Guerrero Jr., as the top prospect in minor league baseball made his Triple-A debut with the Buffalo Bisons. But the Herd fell behind, 8-0, early and could never finish a comeback in a 11-8 loss to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Field Tuesday night. It was a rough start for Bisons pitcher Nick Tepesch, who gave up eight …

Bisons and Baseball

The 19-year-old stood in front of the media mob, looking comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. No one likes to stand around a media scrum, a thorny push of people and cameras and cellphones turned into audio recorders, all asking questions at the same time. But this is part of the gig. It's part of being a professional baseball player. And when you're the No. 1 ran…

Bisons and Baseball

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has arrived. The 19-year-old third baseman met with members of the media early Tuesday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field before his Triple-A debut with the Buffalo Bisons. The native of the Dominican Republic answered questions through Blue Jays mental performance coach Rafael Dubois, a Venezuelan who translated questions and answers in Spanish. S…

Bisons and Baseball

Bullpen blues Buffalo Bisons relievers had a tough stretch in Indianapolis this past weekend, racking up three blown saves in three losses over two days. Danny Smith blew a save in a 4-3 loss to the Indians in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday, then it was Tim Mayza’s turn in the 6-3 nightcap loss. On Saturday, it was Conor Fisk, suffering his third blown save,…

Bisons and Baseball

It’s the promotion everyone in Buffalo has been waiting for. And waiting for. And waiting for some more. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut with the Bisons on Tuesday, as the Herd hosts the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at 7:05 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field. The 19-year-old third baseman is ranked the overall No.1 prospect in Minor League Baseball…

Beauts

The summer signings continue for the Buffalo Beauts as the team announced it has agreed to terms with defenseman Sarah Edney. Edney made her NWHL debut last season with the Beauts, leading all Buffalo defenders in goals (three) and tied for second in points (six). She scored a goal with an assist in two Isobel Cup playoff games and was part of the 2018 All-Star Weekend.…

Bisons and Baseball

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. …

Bisons and Baseball

He returned home to South Africa, just as he has every offseason since signing his first professional baseball contract in 2008. But this winter, everything was different for Gift Ngoepe. It was the first taste of fame. And while it can be exhilarating at times, he found it also could be exhausting. The 28-year-old fielded media request after media request. Everyone …

Running

Chris Muldoon has learned a thing or two about running the Subaru Buffalo 4 Mile Chase. The most important lesson for the 34-year-old? Don't try to stay with the lead pack. The elites in this field will burn you out by the first mile. Muldoon heeded his own advice and was out of sight of the lead pack when the 38th annual race took off from the corner of Bidwell and …

Running

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is always looking for ways to get involved in health and wellness activities. It's part of the core mission, according to Helen Tederous, the director of public affairs for the NFTA. So when Dan Horan heard about a 5K race in Pittsburgh that utilized the airport runways and brought the idea to the NFTA, the entity was inc…

Bisons and Baseball

It was a proud moment for Corey Hart in a way. Danny Jansen stepped to the plate at the Futures Game and belted out a two-run home run with the eyes of all in Major League Baseball watching. The goal for Hart is to see all of his players make it to the big leagues. He knows that’s not going to happen, but it’s part of his approach. Each player is unique but each play…

Running

It's another impressive field among the elites for the 38th annual Buffalo Subaru Chase. The annual event will be held in the Elmwood Village on Friday night with the four-mile race beginning at 7 p.m. On the women's side, Rochester native Kathryn Potter is scheduled to run. In 2017 she took second at the Subaru Chase while winning the East Ave. Grocery Run in her homet…