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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For city leaders, Buffalo hosting a major league baseball game Tuesday evening fulfills a long-ago dream by those who once sought a franchise for the city. For state leaders, having the Toronto Blue Jays call Buffalo home for the 2020 season is a show of how far New York has come in lowering its COVID curve.

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The Toronto Blue Jays' highly-anticipated first game in its temporary home ballpark comes Tuesday evening. On the eve of the first pitch, Blue Jays officials explained some of the changes and realignments within Sahlen Field in order to accommodate big league ballplayers safely in an ongoing pandemic.

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Numerous subjects were discussed at Erie County’s weekly COVID-19 update. The numbers continue to remain low across the board, but Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein warns most people are still susceptible to COVID-19.


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Erie County leaders held a conference call Thursday with representatives of the Buffalo Bisons, Toronto Blue Jays and Major League Baseball to discuss ground rules for when Buffalo is scheduled to begin serving as the Blue Jays' temporary home. That meeting left local leaders feeling good about the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Buffalo. But then a short while later, the Jays announced their weekend games were postponed.

The good news for baseball fans in Buffalo is the MLB season isn't being shut down despite a recent COVID breakout throughout the Miami Marlins roster. Construction on Sahlen Field continues to move forward in preparation for the Blue Jays arrival August 11, but there are still looming problems that could pose a threat to MLB completing their season. WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke with Buffalo News Baseball Reporter Mike Harrington about the league's current state of affairs. 


 

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The Toronto Blue Jays' plans to play games in Buffalo beginning next month may have hit a snag, with Major League Baseball cancelling some games after word that members of the Miami Marlins have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

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After much rumor, pleading, and competing reports, the Toronto Blue Jays will officially play in Buffalo. The Major League affiliate of the Buffalo Bisons will call Sahlen Field its home, once the Buffalo ballpark is made ready.

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The state of Pennsylvania won't allow the Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid the coronavirus pandemic. That leaves Buffalo's Sahlen Field among the remaining options for the major league team.

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As Major League Baseball plans an abbreviated 60-game season, the Toronto Blue Jays have yet to make a determination on where they will play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That has led to chatter the Jays could make Buffalo their home for the summer.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The start of a new baseball season brings with it assurances that yes indeed, spring is back. The Buffalo Bisons got their season off to a winning start Thursday, opening their 2019 International League campaign with an 8-3 win at Sahlen Field against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

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The top prospect in all of baseball made his debut with the Buffalo Bisons Tuesday night. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., son of hall of famer Vladimir Guerrero, had a relatively uneventful performance in front of a large crowd at Coca-Cola Field even though the Bisons lost to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 11-8.  

It’s only a matter of time before he gets promoted to the Toronto Blue Jays. Until then, the 19-year old phenom will develop his skills in Buffalo. WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports.

Buffalo Bisons

The Buffalo Bisons open their season tonight on the road against the Rochester Red wings weather permitting. They look to bounce back this year after a disappointing 2017 season. They’ll have some help to start from a pitcher/comedian with major league experience, Joe Biagini.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Buffalo Bisons have a new manager and he is not an unfamiliar figure. The club also made history with the hiring.

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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Former Buffalo Bisons manager Eric Wedge has been hired by the Toronto Blue Jays as the team's Player Development Advisor.

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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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.