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While it may not feel like spring outside, the start of baseball season is just over two weeks away. The Buffalo Bisons open the 2013 season April 4 at Coca Cola Field and fans coming down to the ballpark this year will notice some changes.

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Soon the sound of "play ball" will echo from Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo. Bisons ground crews are preparing for the new season, but cold, wintry weather remains. 

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The Buffalo Bisons on Friday unveiled their new uniforms for the 2013 season, the first in which the team will be affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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The Buffalo Bisons went back to the future to find their new manager and their new logo. 

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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.   

Photo provided by Pete Weber

Before there was Coca-Cola field, the former War Memorial Stadium was once the home of Buffalo Bisons baseball. 

August 30 marks the 25th anniversary of the final game that was played at War Memorial Stadium -- known as the Rockpile at the corner of Jefferson and Best on Buffalo's East Side. 

WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley put together a audio feature complied with audio provided by former Buffalo Bisons play-by-play announcer Pete Weber, now the voice of the Nashville Predators.   Weber was the Bisons play-by-play voice from 1983 through 1995. 

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Wednesday's landmark celebration at Coca Cola Field offers a chance to reflect on the high expectations that came along with the 1988 opening of the $56 million stadium.

At its inception, it was known as Pilot Field, a new-look baseball stadium that was going to be the catalyst for Buffalo's efforts to acquire a Major League Baseball franchise.

Pete Weber was behind the microphone on April, 14th, 1988, broadcasting history as the Bisons opened their new home with a 1-0 win over the Denver Zephyrs.

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