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Former major league pitcher Mike Bolsinger filed suit Monday against the Houston Astros, alleging unfair business practices, negligence and intentional interference with contractual and economic relations, USA Today reported. Bolsinger filed the civil lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court in the wake of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. He is seeking unspecified damage…

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The life of Luke Urban sounds like urban myth. It’s not. He really did play football with the Buffalo All-Americans and baseball with the Buffalo Bisons in the 1920s while also coaching football and basketball at Canisius College. Sound like a lot? Urban is the forgotten man of Buffalo’s forgotten champions, surely the greatest all-around athlete and coach in local spor…

Bisons and Baseball

It was good to talk baseball again at Blue Jays Winter Fest last weekend in Toronto and there was plenty of chatter about the promise of the upcoming season for the Blue Jays. But much of the conversation, as you might expect, turned to the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal. It made you stop and think what spring training and this season are going to be like for eve…

Bisons and Baseball

A special event for their first night opener since 2008 will kick off the Buffalo Bisons’ promotional schedule for 2020 at Sahlen Field. The game against the Rochester Red Wings on Friday, April 17, will be an Opening Night Honda fridaynightbash! with a fireworks show. A special flash sale of tickets from now until Jan. 26 is being held for Opening Night and April home …

Bisons and Baseball

Former National League All-Star infielder Joe Panik and former Buffalo Bisons/New York Mets infielder Ruben Tejada are among five free agents the Toronto Blue Jays have signed to minor-league contracts with an invitation to Major League spring training, Buffalo's parent club announced Monday. Panik, 29, split last season between the San Francisco Giants and Mets and pos…

Bisons and Baseball

TORONTO -- It was baseball talk with a snowstorm raging outside  and the Toronto Blue Jays certainly covered all the topics you'd expect Saturday at their annual Winter Fest in Rogers Centre. The free-agent acquisition of former Dodgers standing Hyun-jin Ryu is a major addition. Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio will be starting a season in the major le…

Bisons and Baseball

A roving schedule was fine. In and out of a town for a week or so. File your reports. But Ken Huckaby felt something was missing. The former big-league catcher had been to Buffalo many times the last three years working with Bisons' receivers and often in the past as an opponent. So when Buffalo manager Bobby Meacham and the parent Toronto Blue Jays parted ways in Septe…

Bisons and Baseball

I'm not a big Hall guy or a small Hall guy. You can vote for up to 10 players every year on your Baseball Hall of Fame ballot and that's what I've done each of the first three years I've had a ballot. I don't feel obligated to do that. It's simply worked out that way. It's been a crowded ballot with a lot of candidates. Then we got this year's ballot. Derek Jeter …

Bisons and Baseball

The Hall of Fame ballot has arrived and this corner has the whole month of December to ponder who deserves to get the call to Cooperstown with Derek Jeter. There's your one sneak peek. You'll have to wait until around Christmas to get the full reveal. But we're going to get some Cooperstown news at the Winter Meetings that open this weekend in San Diego. The "Modern Bas…

Bisons and Baseball

Patrick Kivlehan, the Buffalo Bisons’ home run leader in 2019, was among five players signed to minor league contracts by the Toronto Blue Jays. Kivlehan hit 25 of his 29 homers in the International League season with Buffalo after he was acquired from the Indianapolis Indians. The Rutgers University product played first and third base for the Bisons. Utility man And…

Bisons and Baseball

Baseball's annual Winter Meetings open Dec. 8 in San Diego and while the usual business will take place, there figures to be plenty of tension in the air coming from minor-league operators. The Professional Baseball Agreement between Major League Baseball and the minors runs out after the 2020 season and negotiations on a new PBA have included a stunning proposal that w…

Obituaries

April 3, 1942 – Nov. 19, 2019 Elizabeth M. “Betty” Hodge, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired clothing store saleswoman, died Nov. 19 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. She was 77. Born Elizabeth Seitz in Buffalo, she graduated from Lafayette High School in 1960 and got to know Herbert C. Hodge, a Niagara Frontier Transit bus driver, as she rode home fr…

Bisons and Baseball

Ken Huckaby, a former Toronto Blue Jays catcher who has been the club's roving catching instructor the last three years, is getting a big promotion in 2020 to serve as manager of the Buffalo Bisons. Huckaby, 48, will replace Bobby Meacham, who parted ways with the Toronto organization after running at the head of the Herd for the last three seasons. His hiring was f…

Bisons and Baseball

Albion native Andre Kinder watched the seventh game of the World Series while packing boxes at his apartment near Rochester, preparing for a move to take a new job in Pittsburgh. Aaron Kent, a graduate of Lyndonville High School, picked up quick reports about the game while working a night shift as a sheriff's deputy in North Carolina. Nate Parrino, a state trooper b…