March 2009

Penmen to the airwaves

BisonsGuests.JPGI’ll be talking with three of the most knowledgeable people I’ve run across trying to get my arms around this rollercoaster offseason on today’s Season Preview Show (5-6 p.m.) on WWKB-AM 1520. You’re sure to enjoy hearing the information and opinions all three will share on today’s program.

The final of our five shows will be broadcast from Coca-Cola Field on April 5 as the 2009 Bisons arrive for the first time. If you’ve missed any of our three Season Preview Shows: CLICK HERE!

Here’s who is on and how to read their work before the show;
Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News has covered the Bisons for over 20 years and has been privy to the franchise’s most significant moments. He’ll share his thoughts on the impact of the Mets affiliation and the things that could lay ahead for the new affiliate.

Toby Hyde orchestrates one of the most detailed blogs Mets fans have to follow the minor league action throughout the season. Part of the SportsNet New York network (SNY), the site features daily recaps from every US based minor league affiliate and has a very impressive library of Mets MiLB player biographies.

Adam Rubin has been on the Mets beat for the New York Daily News since 2003 and also contributes to Baseball America. Rubin’s work is featured in the B.A. Prospect Handbook again this year and he will provide valuable background on why each player is ranked in system and who is on the fringes of making the Mets or becoming a Bisons player when he joins us from Port St. Lucie.

~ Ben Wagner

Get the yard ready

yard_tools.jpgMy apologies getting the game recap on the site a tad tardy tonight. NO! it wasn’t because I was watching the Sweet 16… “We” are trying to get a little landscaping done at the house before the madness of the first homestand takes over when Opening Day arrives.

Here’s the news you came for:
Bisons’ infielder Michel Abreu finished 2-4 with a two-run home run, while catcher Salvador Paniagua also homered for the Herd in a 4-4 tie this afternoon against the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins) in Port St. Lucie, FL.

In today’s action, LHP Jonathon Niese took the ball for Buffalo and allowed four runs in 4.1 innings of work.

Other News & Notes
Put one in the left column… The Bisons are now 0-3-3 in their 10-game exhibition schedule (one game lost to rain).

Pop the top… There are just 13 days until the Bisons open up the 2009 season on Thursday, April 9 at Coca-Cola Field against the Pawtucket Red Sox (3:05 p.m.). Tickets are now on-sale at bisons.com or by calling THE-HERD at (843-4373).

On the tube… Opening Day will be the first of nearly 40 televised games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Get the entire TV schedule: CLICK HERE!

Bisons Season Preview Show IV… The fourth of five Season Preview Shows will air on WWKB-AM 1520 this Sunday from 5-6 p.m. I have three great guests to look forward to on the show and each will offer their unique opinion and insight of the season ahead for the Mets and the Bisons. The final show, April 5, will be broadcast from Coca-Cola Field as the 2009 Bisons arrive for the first time after breaking Spring Training camp. Your calls (716-843-1520) and comments (broadcast@bisons.com) will be welcome as we broadcast live!

The Orange, crushed… The Syracuse Orange fell short of the Elite Eight on Friday night in Memphis. With one season ending, another will begin for the newest member of the Bisons’ broadcast team as Joel Godett arrives in Buffalo. Joel has been covering the ‘Cuse throughout the year and it will be great to hear first hand his experience of the six OT game at The Garden and the last two weeks during the dance. Joel will make his debut on Opening Day on WWKB while Duke and I are on television. (b/t/w… KB 1520 is an affiliate of Syracuse University athletics and we were joined by Voice of the Orange, Matt Park during our visits to the Salt City last year)

~ Ben Wagner

SNY to broadcast Bisons

SNYhat2.JPGToday’s news basically proves you’ll have to live under a rock not to see, hear or have a chance to witness any Bisons game this season.

The Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, announced that SNY, the television home of the New York Mets, will broadcast five Buffalo Bisons games LIVE during the 2009 season.

The five-game schedule will begin on Thursday, May 28 with the Bisons’ 1:05 p.m. game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies) at Coca-Cola Field. The schedule also includes a Bisons road game, July 6 against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field.

The SNY broadcast schedule is available: CLICK HERE!

Follow the Mets and the Bisons this season…
SportsNet New York
SNY & Mets coverage:CLICK HERE!
Complete Bisons TV schedule: CLICK HERE!
Every game on the Bisons Broadcast Network: CLICK HERE!

Two weeks away…

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The Buffalo Bisons fell to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 3-2, on Thursday afternoon from Jupiter, FL.

Bisons outfielder Jason Cooper went 1-4 with an RBI-double at the plate while fellow outfielder Jesus Feliciano drove home the other Bisons run with his 1-3 performance. Outfielder Fernando Martinez was 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.

On the mound, LHP Jon Switzer and RHP Eddie Kunz each threw two scoreless innings.

The Bisons are now 0-3-2 in their 10-game exhibition schedule (one game lost to rain).

Just so ya know… Game reports are called in as a courtesy to the Bisons Media/PR department. No official box score and/or game report is available for any minor league spring games.

There are just 14 days until the Bisons open the 2009 season on Thursday, April 9 against the Pawtucket Red Sox (3:05 p.m.). Tickets are now on-sale at bisons.com or by calling THE-HERD at (843-4373).

Scribes set to chime in

SportsPage1.jpgThe semi-final version of the Bisons’ 2009 Season Preview Show is set to air on Sunday at 5 p.m. (WWKB-AM 1520). A dynamic and well versed panel will join me on the program. Each will share their thoughts on who could end up in Buffalo and provide a broader scope of who’s waiting in the wings to join the Bisons’ clubhouse.

The final of our five shows will be broadcast from Coca-Cola Field on April 5 as the 2009 Bisons arrive for the first time. If you’ve missed any of our three Season Preview Shows: CLICK HERE!

Here’s who is on and how to read their work before the show;
Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News has covered the Bisons for over 20 years and has been privy to the franchise’s most significant moments. He’ll share his thoughts on the impact of the Mets affiliation and the things that could lay ahead for the new affiliate.

Toby Hyde orchestrates one of the most detailed blogs Mets fans have to follow the minor league action throughout the season. Part of the SportsNet New York network (SNY), the site features daily recaps from every US based minor league affiliate and has a very impressive library of Mets MiLB player biographies.

Adam Rubin has been on the Mets beat for the New York Daily News since 2003 and also contributes to Baseball America. Rubin’s work is featured in the B.A. Prospect Handbook again this year and he will provide valuable background on why each player is ranked in system and who is on the fringes of making the Mets or becoming a Bisons player when he joins us from Port St. Lucie.

~ Ben Wagner

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