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Bisons and Baseball

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…

Bisons and Baseball

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…

Bisons and Baseball

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…

Bisons and Baseball

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…

Bisons and Baseball

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…

Bisons and Baseball

Thousands of baseball fans young and old streamed into the ballpark on a weekday afternoon, some skipping work or school to sit in the stands, wrapped in their winter coats, and soak in their first — albeit chilly — taste of summer. Hot dogs and beers dotted the stands. Foul balls were snagged and thrust into the air with pride. Toronto Blue Jays top prospect Cava…

Bisons and Baseball

The equipment now unpacked, the first sounds of balls on bats and in gloves were heard Tuesday in Sahlen Field as the countdown to opening day hit full speed ahead. But before the Buffalo Bisons' season has even started, upheaval in Toronto has made a major dent in the Herd's roster. First baseman Rowdy Tellez, who was still at spring training in Florida awaiting the…

Bisons and Baseball

Right-hander Jacob Waguespack has been named the Bisons' opening day starter for Thursday's 2 p.m. game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Sahlen Field. He made six starts and seven appearances for the Bisons last season, going 2-4 with a 5.03 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 39.1 innings. He was acquired from the Phillies at the trading deadline and set a modern-era Bisons re…

Bisons and Baseball

As expected, the preliminary Opening Day roster for the Buffalo Bisons' seventh season as a Toronto affiliate is sprinkled with some big names in the Blue Jays' organization. The biggest one, of course, won't be here yet as third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. remains in Florida while rehabbing the oblique injury he suffered March 8. Even though the Bisons await Guerrero…

Bisons and Baseball

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…

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

It was the first day back in Buffalo after a nine-game road trip which ended on a sour note – an 8-7 loss at Lehigh Valley. Starting pitcher Ryan Borucki gave up five runs, including a home run, in a seven-inning outing. Buffalo Bisons manager Bobby Meacham knew what to expect back in the Coca-Cola Field clubhouse. He knew walking back into the locker room he would see …

Bisons and Baseball

The Rowdy Tellez of 2018 is almost nothing like the player he was in 2017. The Bisons' first baseman knows last season wasn’t his best. He had the worst stats of his professional career and struggled to hit the ball, but his mind also was 2,500 miles away while his mother battled cancer in California. The diagnosis of Stage 4 melanoma came before the season, and the…