Share this article

print logo
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

The Buffalo Bisons have run out of days on the calendar. Once nine games under .500 and 9 1/2 games out of first place in mid-June, the Bisons went on a two-month tear and took the International League playoff race to the final week of the season for the first time in 12 years. But the quest for a North Division title ended quietly Thursday, as a disappointing 7-6 loss …

Bisons and Baseball

Corey Hart has developed quite the Mr. Fix It reputation this year, whether he's helping someone down from Toronto get a tuneup to his swing or working with the many young players in the Bisons' clubhouse hoping to get to the big leagues. Hart's handiwork is all over Blue Jays prospects big and small, but the Herd's second-year hitting coach had a good chuckle when that…

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

Gotta hand it to the folks at MLB for some neat ideas in recent years. The Fort Bragg game was a wonderful salute to the military. The Little League Classic is a gem you would hope they would keep for years and years. The forays into Australia and London have been memorable. The buzz surrounding next summer's "Field of Dreams" game in Dyersville, Iowa, is already huge. …

Bisons and Baseball

ROCHESTER – It was a mixed bag for the Buffalo Bisons here Tuesday night. The reports on the flashy newcomer were sensational. The result on the scoreboard was a crusher. Nate Pearson, Toronto's top pitching prospect, fired seven shutout innings – and was still hitting 99 mph on the stadium radar gun in the seventh as he retired the final 11 men he faced. Pearson left w…

Bisons and Baseball

ROCHESTER – On the day after, the chatter still lingered around Frontier Field. The Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Red Wings were prepping to play another huge game in the International League's North Division Tuesday night, but no one who was in the park on Monday will ever forget the virtuoso performance they saw on the mound. Bisons right-hander T.J. Zeuch tossed ju…

Bisons and Baseball

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

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…

Bisons and Baseball

COOPERSTOWN — Brandy Halladay knew the emotions would flow and the tears would come. As it turned out, they came even faster than she thought they would Sunday at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction of her late husband. As a video reviewing the career of Roy Halladay played on a giant screen near the stage outside the Clark Sports Center, his widow turned away and wiped…

Bisons and Baseball

There will be excellence and dignity on display all weekend in Cooperstown. But when the Baseball Hall of Fame stages its annual induction ceremony Sunday at the Clark Sports Center, there's certain to be a good deal of sadness as well. The absence of Roy Halladay will loom over the big day for this class of inductees. Halladay, a larger-than-life figure on the mo…

Bisons and Baseball

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

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

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…