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Bisons and Baseball

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 …

Bisons and Baseball

Buffalo Bisons third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been named Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, the first member of the Herd so honored by the magazine that has been the chief publication chronicling the minor leagues since its founding in 1981. Guerrero Jr. played his final 30 games of the 2018 season in Buffalo after a promotion from Double-A Ne…

Bisons and Baseball

There's no way the players' union is going to let baseball make too many maneuvers with Sept. 1 callups, which are clearly one of the most bizarre longtime traditions in professional sports and getting attacked more and more each year. Seriously now, you play with one set of rules for the whole season — that being a 25-man roster — and then things change for the most im…

Bisons and Baseball

Mega prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is not expected to get a call-up to Toronto when the Bisons' season ends Monday, but the Blue Jays have already started to plan what's next for baseball's top prospect. While it's uncertain if Guerrero will return to Double-A New Hampshire to play in the Eastern League playoffs, the Blue Jays have announced he will compete in the Ariz…

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Even as Pawtucket’s Tzu-Wei Lin stepped up to the plate Monday – the first batter in the final Buffalo Bisons home game of the season – seat 9 in section 110, row W, remained empty. That was unusual, but Stuart Boeckel, in seat 10, did not seem worried. He pulled out the headphones that allow him to listen to play-by-play and the powerful glasses that filter out bright …

Bisons and Baseball

Farewell to another Buffalo baseball season and start the countdown to April 4, revealed Monday as Opening Day 2019. Farewell to Coca-Cola Field for another fall and winter – and actually forever more. When we reconvene downtown in 220 days, the downtown ballpark will open Year 32 of its existence with its fifth name. Yes, I realize most of you still call it "Pilot F…

Bisons and Baseball

Bisons general manager Mike Buczkowski, who has spent more than three decades with the organization, sat down with The News to discuss several issues pertinent to the club Tuesday night as it opened its final homestand of the season. The homestand includes a three-game series against the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders and four games against the Pawtucket Red Sox, with…

Bisons and Baseball

Dwight Smith Jr. and Gunnar Heidt each hit a solo shot, while Murphy Smith pitched five innings of shutout ball in the Buffalo Bisons’ dominant 8-0 road victory against the Gwinnett Stripers on Friday night. Smith Jr.’s home run led off the scoring for the Bisons, as he hit his sixth of the year over the right field wall in the first inning. Heidt doubled the lead with …

Bisons and Baseball

TORONTO — For Ben Wagner, life has been on fast-forward since February. He doesn't anticipate things will slow down much until the baseball season ends in October. In April, Wagner fully expected to be on the air calling Buffalo Bisons games for the 12th consecutive season. Everything changed on Feb. 13, when legendary Toronto Blue Jays play-by-play man Jerry Howarth su…

Bisons and Baseball

Dwight Smith Jr. hit a walk-off double in the tenth inning to lift the Buffalo Bisons past the Toledo Mud Hens, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. Smith, the leadoff man in the frame, used a line drive to center field to knock home Jonathan Davis, who was placed on second base at the start of the inning in accordance with the new Triple-A extra-innings protoco…

Bisons and Baseball

Pitcher Joe Roa has been retired and out of professional baseball since 2005. So when it came time to find him to tell him of a big career honor, the Bisons initially struggled to give Roa the good news that he was going into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. "They got a hold of my wife, Allison, on Facebook," Roa said with a laugh by phone recently from his suburban D…

Bisons and Baseball

The Buffalo Bisons stranded 10 runners on the bases in a 2-0 home loss to the Gwinnett Stripers on Tuesday night. An announced 7,780 watched at Coca-Cola Field as the Herd was shut out for the 11th time this season. The Stripers got out to an early lead, as Rio Ruiz’s single in the first and Alex Jackson’s double in the second each scored one. Miguel Socolovich go…

Bisons and Baseball

The Buffalo Bisons were perennial winners on the field for 11 years during their affiliation with the Cleveland Indians. They haven't won anything since Marty Brown ran their dugout in the early 2000s. The winningest manager in the modern era is heading back to town to relive memories from the franchise's most recent championship days, as Brown will be inducted into the…

Bisons and Baseball

Doesn't matter if it's the majors or Triple-A. The days roll on and on in baseball, one after the next. Days off are uber rare. From July 12-Aug. 5, for instance, the Bisons will have exactly one. This day was different. No matter what the scoreboard said during the 11-8 loss to first-place Lehigh Valley, there was a buzz at Coca-Cola Field you had to love Tuesday. I…

Bisons and Baseball

Run the highlight reels through your head. Go through the years, all the people and things we've seen in Coca-Cola Field since it opened in 1988. One thought is clear. We've never had a hype train roll into town like the one that is carrying Vladimir Guerrero Jr. When the 19-year-old phenom takes his place in the Bisons' lineup Tuesday night, it will be unlike anythi…