Baseball

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In less than two weeks, weather permitting, the sounds of baseball will be back in downtown Buffalo. So, too, will some new tastes and sights. The Buffalo Bisons will play their 30th season in Coca Cola Field this year. On Thursday, they hosted their annual preseason "What's New at the Ballpark" presentation at Pettibones Grille inside the stadium.


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A newly-published book, Baseball in Buffalo, offers images of "America's Pastime" as it was played in Buffalo and Western New York since the mid-1800s.


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For years he was a favorite at Buffalo Bisons games, shagging foul balls on the sidelines, but always on the frontline of local baseball personalities. Donald Palmer, known as "The Butcher," has died at the age of 49 in his Riverside home.

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Baseball is known as the "national pastime," but it sometimes requires a special moment in the sport to get many Americans to fall back in love with the sport. The Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series title in more than a century is the latest feel-good story for the game. WBFO asked a local baseball promoter whether it will spark renewed interest in the sport.


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The Chicago Cubs, ending a championship drought that has lasted 108 years, beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

They did it the hard way, too, coming back from a 3-1 game deficit, winning three straight games, including the last two on the road in Cleveland. And it took ten innings to win it all in Game 7.

The Cubs are the first team since the 1985 Kansas City Royals to claw back from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series. They won 103 games during the regular season.

An Ontario judge has dismissed a challenge to force the Cleveland Indians to change their name and logo. Cleveland is playing the Toronto Blue Jays in Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series.


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The Buffalo Bisons play their home opener Thursday afternoon and fans attending the game will notice some new additions at Coca-Cola Field. The organization says it is committed to enhancing the fan experience, but will they knock it out of the park? WBFO’s Ryan Beiter has a preview.


Baseball fans in Toronto finally have something to celebrate. The Blue Jays are in the playoffs after a drought of more than 20 years, after having clinched first place in the American League East and fans are ecstatic.


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Should Coca-Cola Field -- home to the Buffalo Bisons -- undergo a modernization?  That's the question recently explored by Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer in an extensive news article.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley discusses the future of the ballpark with Meyer in this morning's Press Pass conversation.

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Young talent from the Toronto Blue Jays organization will entertain baseball fans at Buffalo's Coca Cola Field starting next season. 

The Blue Jays, who are considered to have one of the strongest collections of prospects in all of baseball, are now officially the parent club of the Buffalo Bisons.   The Bisons will serve as the AAA farm team for the Jays for at least the next two seasons, ending a four-year relationship with the New York Mets.

Toronto players over the past four years had a much farther trek, with their AAA affiliate located in Las Vegas. 

Bisons align with Toronto Blue Jays

Sep 18, 2012

The Buffalo Bisons today officially announced their new affiliation arrangement with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The teams have agreed to a two-year player development contract, beginning with the 2013 season. 

The Herd has served as the AAA farm team for the New York Mets for the last four years.  Toronto's farm team was in Las Vegas, which is the Mets' new affiliate.

Team owner Bob Rich, Jr. says the partnership makes sense regionally and allows the Bisons to benefit from a wealth of talent in the Toronto development system, which is considered among the best in baseball.   

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A plaque commemorating more than seventy years of baseball history in Buffalo was unveiled on Saturday.

Offermann Stadium long stood at the intersection of Michigan and East Ferry Streets. The ceremony was hosted by former Bisons voice Pete Weber and was attended by two sons of former team owner Frank Offermann, Sr. The effort was the brainchild of John Boutet of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

Such greats as Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Luke Easter and Satchel Paige played at the stadium.