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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

Torey Lovullo's team started ultra-fast and looked like the favorite in the National League. Dave Roberts' team was injury riddled and looking like it was dealing with a serious World Series hangover. Then came some oddly-timed bravado from Roberts. Maybe the fortunes of the two NL West managers who are Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famers are going in different directions. …

Beauts

A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…

Bisons and Baseball

The roll call of former Bisons connections managing in the big leagues has been cut by two this month with the essentially forced retirement of Terry Collins in New York and the dismissal of John Farrell in Boston. But a new name has surfaced as a potential leading candidate to join the group that now numbers five skippers. Ex-Buffalo catcher Dusty Wathan, the clubho…

Sports

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 …

Bisons and Baseball

The Bisons are celebrating their 30th anniversary at Coca-Cola Field this season and will have a blowout party on Aug. 30. This corner has been a press box denizen since the first season back in 1988, and is often asked about the best Buffalo teams we've seen. There have been 11 playoff clubs and three league champions in that span but the group from 20 years ago consis…