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Bobby Meacham will return for his third season as manager of the Buffalo Bisons, the parent Toronto Blue Jays announced Thursday. Meacham has a 126-153 record in his first two seasons, including a disappointing 61-77 record last year that left the Bisons 22 games out of first place in the International League North. "I thought we had a great team," Meacham said at th…

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Let's get one thing straight right off the top: Harold Baines doesn't matter. The fact that Baines is going into the Baseball Hall of Fame — clearly thanks to the prodding of his former owner (Jerry Reinsdorf) and former manager (Tony La Russa) on the Today's Game Committee — doesn't change the standards for election one bit in this view. Baines never got more than 6…

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After too many years of losing and drudgery, the Buffalo sports scene was marked by two overriding themes in 2018. One was hope. Strangely enough, the other was historic trips to Dallas, a place that broke the city's collective hearts three major times during the 1990s. Cynics might chuckle on the first point. The Bills and Sabres, in particular, have had nothing to …

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Thomas Abernathy would not describe himself as a baseball fan. He was aware of the way the World Series ended this week, with the Boston Red Sox defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he had no particular interest in the outcome. To him, it was little more than another sign of transition between the seasons. His distance from baseball is part of an epic – yet almost for…

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Just over four months ago, Steve Pearce was toiling on injury rehab with the Buffalo Bisons – and even wearing a "Buffalo Wings" jersey during his two home games for the Herd. Sunday night, he was at the top of the baseball world as the most valuable player of the World Series. The Boston Red Sox dispatched the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, with Pearce's two-run homer in…

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Feb. 28, 1948 – Oct. 18, 2018 Steven W. Nelson lived with cancer for most of a decade, but that did not stop him from continuing to show others the power of kindness, said lifelong friend Pete Hermann, who recalled a recent example. “I was getting ready to coach my final basketball game in Georgia and I hear there is someone who wants to try out for the team,” recalled…

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Fox television executives aren't the only ones who have to love a Dodgers-Red Sox World Series. Admittedly you're going to need to be willing to stay up past midnight to see the end most nights, but you'll get a chance to see some massive star power when things get underway Tuesday night in Fenway Park. There haven't been too many like these in recent years. Think of…

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Ted Wyatt, in one sentence, defined the problem the Buffalo Bisons hope they finally solved. Wyatt was there, more than 30 years ago, on the day Bisons owner Robert Rich Jr. joined such public officials as Mayor Jimmy Griffin and Gov. Mario Cuomo in breaking ground for a ballpark that touched off a national trend in throwback style. Wyatt recalled that moment by tele…

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Sahlen’s and the Buffalo Bisons have thrown a new name for the downtown ballpark onto the grill. The Bisons next season will play in Sahlen Field – note no apostrophe “S” – the stadium’s fifth sponsored name since it opened in 1988. Team and company officials announced the 10-year naming rights agreement Tuesday afternoon at the stadium, where they touted the ties be…

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Updated Oct. 9, 2018: It's not official yet: The ballpark is now Sahlen's Since the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. is not renewing its naming rights deal on Coca-Cola Field, the Buffalo Bisons stadium will get a new name starting next season. The Bisons are scheduled to announce the ballpark's new naming rights partner at a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Pu…

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(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Will franchise record for victories translate to fourth World Series title in 15 years? (1) 2. Houston Astros. After another 100-win season for the champs, it will be a tough chore to beat their rotation.  (2) 3. New York Yankees. Home run record moot if they can't beat A's on Wednesd…

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With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolina coast – and the Durham Bulls scheduled to host Games 3, 4 and 5 of the Governors' Cup finals beginning Thursday, the International League has taken pre-emptive measures to avoid the storm. The league has decided to play the entire series between the Bulls and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa…

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(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Team consistency: Lead MLB in wins at home (48) and on road (49). (1) 2. Houston Astros. Struck first in potential ALCS preview series at Fenway.  (3) 3. New York Yankees. Tanaka inching ahead to bid to start wild-card game. (2) 4. Oakland Athletics. Opened Hall of Fame for 50th an…

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Baseball is making me crabby lately. With so little action at times, games are getting exceedingly dull and I hope the analytics hounds are happy with the overload of strikeout-walk-home run, strikeout-walk-home run. Shifts need to be legislated down a few notches and "The Opener" is just plain awful. Before you send me the Rays' record with relievers starting games, I …