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Mike Buczkowski, the Buffalo Bisons longtime general manager and the president of Rich Baseball Operations, has been named the 2019 winner of the Dave Rosenfield Executive of the Year award by the International League. Selected by fellow GMs and officials from the IL's 14 clubs, Buczkowski will receive the award at Baseball's Winter Meetings in December in San Diego. B…

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Houston Astros. All roads to AL spot in World Series go through Minute Maid Park, where they were MLB-best 60-21. (2) 2. Los Angeles Dodgers. Prohibitive favorite to reach World Series but hoping to avoid first three-peat string of losses since 1911-13 NY Giants. (3) 3. New York Yankees.  With two gam…

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. New York Yankees. Remarkable job by Boone to win AL East and become first manager in history to open with two 100-win seasons. (1) 2. Houston Astros. Cole gets to 300 Ks in fall, maybe $300 million in winter. (2) 3. Los Angeles Dodgers. Bellinger goes 12 straight without a home run before collecting N…

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. New York Yankees. All rise: Judge batting .353 with seven homers in 12-game stretch. (3) 2. Houston Astros. Verlander, Cole produce first back-to-back games with 14-plus strikeouts by teammates in MLB history. (1) 3. Los Angeles Dodgers. Slumping Ryu skipped for one start to rest for postseason. (2) …

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After three seasons at the head of the Herd, Bobby Meacham will not be back in 2020 as manager of the Buffalo Bisons. Meacham and the parent Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to split as part of the first wave of changes among the Blue Jays' minor-league staff. Meacham's departure was initially reported early Wednesday evening by Shi Davidi of Sportsnet and the Blue Jays ha…

Bisons and Baseball

It took an extra day but the International League regular season ended Tuesday -- with one of the most incredible games in league history. The Bisons fell short of their quest for the North Division title, but their win in the season finale Monday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre dropped the RailRiders into a tie with Syracuse and forced a one-game playoff Tuesday between the Y…

Fran Riordan, a Canisius High School product who makes his home in the Buffalo area during the offseason, was named the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year on Monday. Riordan manages the Las Vegas Aviators, a Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, leading the club to an 83-57 record en route to winning the PCL Pacific Southern Division. He spent the 2018 seas…

Bisons and Baseball

SAN FRANCISCO — Francis J. Offermann III, better known as Bud, keeps the baseball tucked safely in a plastic cube, set so you can see the Buffalo Bisons logo. And why not? It might as well be the family crest. His grandfather, Francis J. Offermann Sr., owned the Bisons back in the day. When he died in 1935, at the age of 58, the public outpouring of grief was so great t…

Bisons and Baseball

Even a gift of four runs without the benefit of a hit in the ninth inning could not help the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday at PNC Park in Moosic, Pa. The Herd fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 15-12, in a wild game that featured 26 hits, 12 bases on balls, two wild pitches that allowed runs to score and two hit batsmen. The win on the next-to-last day of the I…

Bisons and Baseball

Gosuke Katoh took care of any plans the Buffalo Bisons had of acting the role of spoiler Saturday night against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at PNC Park in Moosic, Pa. The 24-year-old shortstop from Poway, Calif., hit a grand slam off Thomas Pannone in the fifth inning to snap a 4-4 tie and send the RailRiders on to a 9-4 victory over the Bisons. The victory …

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Houston Astros. Springer with a 463-foot bomb off LF restaurant windows in Toronto. (2) 2. Los Angeles Dodgers. Hoping Muncy (.253-33-87) misses only a couple of weeks with mild wrist fracture. (1) 3. New York Yankees. Dropped first four meetings with Athletics. (3) 4. Minnesota Twins. Chasing …

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The Toronto Blue Jays’ No. 1 pitching prospect Nate Pearson earned his first career victory with Buffalo on Friday night as the Bisons defeated host Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8-7. Pearson delivered a career-high 104 pitches in five innings to earn the win despite struggling. Pearson allowed four runs and seven hits and left the mound with a 4-4 tie. In the top of the …

Bisons and Baseball

The Buffalo Bisons have run out of days on the calendar. Once nine games under .500 and 9 1/2 games out of first place in mid-June, the Bisons went on a two-month tear and took the International League playoff race to the final week of the season for the first time in 12 years. But the quest for a North Division title ended quietly Thursday, as a disappointing 7-6 loss …

Bisons and Baseball

After going just 3 for 39 in a disastrous 17-game stint with the Toronto Blue Jays, outfielder Socrates Brito came to Buffalo in mid-May looking to re-establish his career credentials. And while Brito might not have room in the Blue Jays' organization, he certainly played a major role in the Bisons' playoff push. As a result, he was named the winner of the team's Stan B…