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Bisons and Baseball

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

Bisons manager Bobby Meacham knows all about what it means to live up to hype. He was a first-round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1981 and a top prospect for the New York Yankees after he was traded to them 18 months later. That, of course, was before the Internet and the era of social media, where players as low as Class A ball are widely dissected long be…

Bisons and Baseball

Bo Bichette has put up PlayStation numbers over his first two weeks in the big leagues, leaving fans in Toronto and across baseball in awe. The one group not surprised by the 21-year-old's destruction of opposing pitching: The denizens of the Buffalo Bisons' clubhouse. "For me, it's not that amazing," Bisons outfielder Jordan Patterson said of his former teammate before…

Bisons and Baseball

Anthony Kay has yet to pitch in a game at Sahlen Field since being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on July 28 as part of the swap that sent All-Star starting pitcher Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets. But the left-handed prospect from Long Island is already developing into a fan favourite – make that favorite – after engaging the Blue Jays’ faithful on social media, r…

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T.J. Zeuch has first-round pedigree, selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 21st overall pick in 2016, atop a draft class that included Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette. And while he’s not the biggest name in the bunch, he certainly stands out. The 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher was promoted to the Bisons in late June after being sidelined for about three months with …

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Rowdy Tellez was less than thrilled to return to Buffalo. The fearsome slugger thought he had left the minor leagues behind after a solid showing with the Blue Jays late last season and opening this season on Toronto’s 25-man roster. Tellez was poised to receive regular at-bats as the Blue Jays’ designated hitter and serve as the primary backup to first baseman Justi…

Bisons and Baseball

Justin Shafer wasn’t sure why he was being called into Bisons manager Bobby Meacham’s office in the visitors’ clubhouse on that June afternoon in Pawtucket. But in the back of his mind, he knew there was a chance he was going back to the majors. “Would you be willing to play in the All-Star Game?” Shafer recalled Meacham asking. “I believe you’re going to be selected…

Bisons and Baseball

Bo Bichette was still in Buffalo on that late April afternoon when his friend and teammate, Vlad Guerrero Jr., was called up to make his major league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays. “That was really cool to see,” Bichette said. Bichette, then considered the club’s No. 2 prospect behind Guerrero, knew his time was coming. He also knew it was being delayed. Bic…

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Bisons manager Bobby Meacham has been named manager of the International League All-Stars for the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 10 in El Paso, Texas. Meacham is the fourth Bisons manager to be the IL All-Star skipper. The others are Jeff Datz (1999), Eric Wedge (2002) and Marty Brown (2005). Meacham will lead a coaching staff of Rochester Red Wings pitching coach and f…

Bisons and Baseball

No team in the International League has allowed more home runs this season than the Buffalo Bisons. Conversely, no team has hit fewer homers than the Herd. Six weeks into the season and struggling at both ends of the spectrum, it appears the Bisons are having a more difficult time than their Triple-A counterparts adjusting to playing with the same ball that’s used in…

Bisons and Baseball

Ben Revere still thinks about his final at-bat in a Toronto Blue Jays uniform. It was Game 6 of the 2015 American League Championship Series, one out in the top of the ninth inning, runners on second and third. Toronto was trailing the host Kansas City Royals by a run and facing elimination. He still thinks about the pitch from closer Wade Davis, high and outside, th…

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It was Lourdes Gurriel Jr. bobblehead giveaway day in Toronto, and the man himself was in a dugout in Syracuse, demoted a week earlier to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. The 25-year-old Gurriel opened the season as the Blue Jays’ starting second baseman. But he hit just .175 through 13 games and was benched during an April 15 loss to Tampa after committing a throwing error…

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is gone to Toronto, conceivably for good. Now, you never completely know how these things go. As Buffalo Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said Monday, "the big leagues are a different animal, man." And even Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout got sent back to Triple-A for 20 games in 2012 as a 23-year-old. But Guerrero certainly looks like a sure b…

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Eric Sogard was promoted from the Buffalo Bisons to the Blue Jays last week, allowing the veteran major league infielder to join the big league club in time to contribute to a three-game series sweep of his former team, the Oakland Athletics. Sogard, who has batted leadoff for Toronto since being called up, swallowed his pride and opened the season with Triple-A Buffalo…

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Every time the umpire called strike two, Reese McGuire called for a change-up. It was 2017, McGuire’s first full season in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization after being traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the catcher was in the early stages of developing relationships with the pitchers at Double-A New Hampshire. The learning curve with each new teammate was as varie…