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NEW YORK – Everything is fine on the surface with the Yankees. Barring some sort of historic collapse, they're going to win the American League East in a walk and spend the next six weeks or so merely getting things in order for the playoffs. But even though they entered the weekend tied with the Dodgers for the best record in the game, the Bronx Bombers have issues tha…

Bisons and Baseball

There are times where fighting off sleep to see what's happening on the West Coast has its privileges. For those of us able to do it Friday night, we got a lifetime memory. The Los Angeles Angels played Seattle Friday in their first home game since the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. As expected, it was an emotional one. All the players and coaches wore jerseys with Skag…

Bisons and Baseball

Eric Wedge, who graduated from the Buffalo Bisons to become American League Manager of the Year with the 2007 Cleveland Indians, has been named the new head coach at his alma mater, Wichita State University. The school said he has signed a five-year contract. Wedge had been serving as a field coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Bisons' parent. He has not been in …

Bisons and Baseball

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…

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 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

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…

Bisons and Baseball

When you covered the Cleveland Indians in the mid-'90s, you had to gird for every trip into the clubhouse. Albert Belle was a terror. Eddie Murray was sullen. You never knew what kind of mood Kenny Lofton would be in. Manny Ramirez was, well, Manny. Prickliness was in fashion all around the room. Jim Thome almost didn't fit in. He was about the nicest person you would e…

Bisons and Baseball

As we hit the All-Star break, baseball feels broken. The Yankees, Red Sox and Astros are all on pace to win at least 105 games and no league has ever had three 100-game winners. The Orioles and Royals are both on pace to lose 117, and the White Sox will lose 106 if they keep this up. Since starting 11-1, the Mets are playing at what would be a 109-loss pace. This loo…

Bisons and Baseball

Former manager Marty Brown, who led the Bisons to the 2004 Governors' Cup championship, and pitcher Joe Roa have been elected to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame, the Bisons announced Tuesday. Brown and Roa will give the Hall 100 members and they will be inducted during the Bisons' game against Toledo on Friday, August. 10. Brown, 55, is the franchise's modern-era lea…

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In the battle of Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famers turned managers, Torey Lovullo has sent Dave Roberts a mighty big message come October. Lovullo's Arizona Diamondbacks have become the talk of the National League. Roberts' Los Angeles Dodgers, once on the road to breaking the all-time record of 116 wins in a season, have become a sudden enigma. The Diamondbacks had a …

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At first glance, you might think all the fuss around the Bisons' WCC Race (that's Wing, Cheese and Celery) speaks to one of those classic goofy minor-league promotions. With the buildup to Celery's final race Wednesday night growing all season, the characters in Buffalo's nightly mascot race have taken over from Buster Bison – or any of the players – as the most popular fi…