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The Hall of Fame ballot has arrived and this corner has the whole month of December to ponder who deserves to get the call to Cooperstown with Derek Jeter. There's your one sneak peek. You'll have to wait until around Christmas to get the full reveal. But we're going to get some Cooperstown news at the Winter Meetings that open this weekend in San Diego. The "Modern Bas…

Bisons and Baseball

Patrick Kivlehan, the Buffalo Bisons’ home run leader in 2019, was among five players signed to minor league contracts by the Toronto Blue Jays. Kivlehan hit 25 of his 29 homers in the International League season with Buffalo after he was acquired from the Indianapolis Indians. The Rutgers University product played first and third base for the Bisons. Utility man And…

Bisons and Baseball

Baseball's annual Winter Meetings open Dec. 8 in San Diego and while the usual business will take place, there figures to be plenty of tension in the air coming from minor-league operators. The Professional Baseball Agreement between Major League Baseball and the minors runs out after the 2020 season and negotiations on a new PBA have included a stunning proposal that w…

Obituaries

April 3, 1942 – Nov. 19, 2019 Elizabeth M. “Betty” Hodge, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired clothing store saleswoman, died Nov. 19 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. She was 77. Born Elizabeth Seitz in Buffalo, she graduated from Lafayette High School in 1960 and got to know Herbert C. Hodge, a Niagara Frontier Transit bus driver, as she rode home fr…

Bisons and Baseball

Ken Huckaby, a former Toronto Blue Jays catcher who has been the club's roving catching instructor the last three years, is getting a big promotion in 2020 to serve as manager of the Buffalo Bisons. Huckaby, 48, will replace Bobby Meacham, who parted ways with the Toronto organization after running at the head of the Herd for the last three seasons. His hiring was f…

Bisons and Baseball

Albion native Andre Kinder watched the seventh game of the World Series while packing boxes at his apartment near Rochester, preparing for a move to take a new job in Pittsburgh. Aaron Kent, a graduate of Lyndonville High School, picked up quick reports about the game while working a night shift as a sheriff's deputy in North Carolina. Nate Parrino, a state trooper b…

Bisons and Baseball

The pick has been the same since March. There's no reason to change now. The Houston Astros are baseball's most complete team. When the World Series starts Tuesday in Minute Maid Park against the Washington Nationals, the folks in Las Vegas have the Astros as the heaviest favorite to win a Fall Classic since nailing Boston's four-game drubbing of Colorado in 2007. A …

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This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 13-member class will be inducted Nov. 7. Tickets are available at GBSHOF.com.? Professional baseball in the United States blossomed in the 1860s. In the early 1870s, a pair of brothers from Caton, a tiny town just north of the state line with Pennsylvania, became prof…

Bisons and Baseball

Mike Buczkowski, the Buffalo Bisons longtime general manager and the president of Rich Baseball Operations, has been named the 2019 winner of the Dave Rosenfield Executive of the Year award by the International League. Selected by fellow GMs and officials from the IL's 14 clubs, Buczkowski will receive the award at Baseball's Winter Meetings in December in San Diego. B…

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Houston Astros. All roads to AL spot in World Series go through Minute Maid Park, where they were MLB-best 60-21. (2) 2. Los Angeles Dodgers. Prohibitive favorite to reach World Series but hoping to avoid first three-peat string of losses since 1911-13 NY Giants. (3) 3. New York Yankees.? With two gam…

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. New York Yankees. Remarkable job by Boone to win AL East and become first manager in history to open with two 100-win seasons. (1) 2. Houston Astros. Cole gets to 300 Ks in fall, maybe $300 million in winter. (2) 3. Los Angeles Dodgers. Bellinger goes 12 straight without a home run before collecting N…

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. New York Yankees. All rise: Judge batting .353 with seven homers in 12-game stretch. (3) 2. Houston Astros. Verlander, Cole produce first back-to-back games with 14-plus strikeouts by teammates in MLB history. (1) 3. Los Angeles Dodgers. Slumping Ryu skipped for one start to rest for postseason. (2) …

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

It took an extra day but the International League regular season ended Tuesday -- with one of the most incredible games in league history. The Bisons fell short of their quest for the North Division title, but their win in the season finale Monday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre dropped the RailRiders into a tie with Syracuse and forced a one-game playoff Tuesday between the Y…