January 2011

AUDIO: Tim Teufel and Terry Collins

TUFTC.jpgNew Bisons manager Tim Teufel (left) and New York Mets manager Terry Collins (right) addressed the media prior to the Bisons Hot Stove Luncheon today. Both later spoke to more than 300 patrons at the event.

LISTEN: Bisons manager Tim Teufel

LISTEN: Mets manager Terry Collins

Still ahead… Video features from the Bisons Hot Stove Luncheon.

Teufel to lead Bisons

BTeufelBisonsBackground.JPGThe New York Mets have selected Tim Teufel to lead the Buffalo Bisons manager for the 2011 season. The World Series Champion becomes the Herd’s 16th manager in the modern era.

LISTEN: Ben Wagner talks with manager, Tim Teufel

Teufel, 52, is entering his eighth season as a minor league manager in the Mets organization and his first at the Triple-A level. He began his managerial career in 2003 with short-season Brooklyn of the NY-Penn League and earned a 47-28 record and a McNamara Division championship. Teufel then spent five of the next six seasons as a Single-A manager in the Mets system before joining Double-A Binghamton in 2010 (66-76 record).

LISTEN: Bobby Ojeda on his former Mets teammate

For his career, Teufel has a 403-480 (.456) record as a minor league skipper. He joined the Mets organization in 1998 when he was named to the professional scouting department. He spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons as the Mets minor league infield coordinator.

Teufel played 11 major league seasons from 1983-1993, including six with the New York Mets (1986-1991). He played 93 regular season games for the 1986 World Series Champion Mets and hit .444 (4-9) with a home run and an RBI in three games against the Boston Red Sox.

LISTEN: B-Mets broadcaster, Matt McCabe on Teufel’s managerial style

Returning to Triple-A for the first time since 1983, during in his playing days, he was originally drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the June 1980 Free Agent Draft and played in parts of three seasons with the Twins before an off-season trade in 1986 brought him to New York. The infielder finished his career with three years in San Diego. Overall, Teufel hit .254 with 86 home runs and 379RBI in 1,073 career big league games.TufsRecord.GIF

Pitching Coach – Ricky Bones
Bones has spent each of the past two seasons as the Bisons pitching coach. In each campaign, the Bisons have led the International League in complete games. Last year, the Herd pitching staff finished 2nd in the IL with 1,063 strikeouts, the second-highest single-season total in the Buffalo modern era. Prior to joining the Bisons, Bones spent 2007 and 2008 as the pitching coach of the Binghamton Mets (AA) of the Easter League. He joined the Mets in 2006 as the pitching coach for the Florida State League Champion St. Lucie Mets.

Bones pitched 11 seasons in the major leagues with San Diego, Milwaukee, New York-AL, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Baltimore and Florida with a career record of 63-82 and a 4.85ERA in 375 games. He was an American League All-Star with Milwaukee in 1994 and won 10+ games in three consecutive seasons with the Brewers (11 -1993, 10 -1994, 10 -1995).

Hitting Coach – Mike Easler
Easler is entering his first season in the Mets organization. Since his retirement in 1988, he’s served as the hitting coach for Milwaukee (1992), Boston (1993) and St. Louis (1999-2001). He joined the Lost Angeles Dodgers organization in 2006 as the hitting coach at Double-A Jacksonville and moved onto Triple-A Las Vegas in 2007. He split the 2008 season as the Dodgers hitting coach and the organization’s minor league hitting instructor.

Nicknamed the “Hit Man” during his 14-year big league career, Easler averaged .293 with 118 home runs and 522RBI in 1,151 major league games with Houston, California, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia and the New York Yankees. The outfielder was a National League All-Star with Pittsburgh in 1981 and was part of the 1979 World Series Champion Pirates team.

Athletic Trainer – Brian Chicklo
Chicklo is entering his 3rd year as the Bisons athletic trainer and his 12th year in New York’s organization. In 2008, he was named Pacific Coast League Trainer-of-the-Year while with the New Orleans Zephyrs. Chicklo graduated from Shenandoah University in 1995 with a BS in Kinesiology and earned an MS Degree in Sports Injury Management from UNLV in 1998.

Strength and Conditioning Coach – Ken Coward
Coward is entering his 3rd year as the Bisons strength and conditioning coach. He is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a Level One United States weightlifting club coach with the US Weightlifting Association. Coward owns an online personal training company named Total Human Elevation.

Bisons baseball: Bigger & Brighter

Bisons to Install Largest HD Video Display in MiLB
and New Energy-Efficient Lighting System

The Buffalo Bisons announced today that they will be installing the LARGEST High-Definition Light Emitting Diode (LED) Video Display in all of Minor League Baseball at Coca-Cola Field before the start of the 2011 season. The new signature 80′ x 33′ LED HD Video Display from Daktronics, Inc. will add an unparalleled level of enjoyment to the Bisons Baseball Experience.

The new $2.5 million BisonsTV HD board will be funded completely by the Bisons organization and will once again demonstrate the team’s private investment in providing the ultimate fan experience and value at every game. Earlier this off-season, the Bisons financed the replacement of the ballpark’s field drainage system and playing surface in a project that exceeded $970,000.

In conjunction with the Bisons announcement, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown announced the City will finance the installation of new energy-efficient lighting system at Coca-Cola Field that will greatly reduce the ballpark’s energy demands.

“Bisons’ owners, Bob and Mindy Rich, continue to show their dedication to providing the best sports entertainment experience in Western New York; a commitment that hasn’t wavered since the opening of this great ballpark in 1988,” said Mike Buczkowski, Vice President/General Manager of the Bisons. “The public-private partnership that has existed between the Bisons, the City of Buffalo and the County of Erie has been instrumental to the success and standing of this franchise in Western New York and in Minor League Baseball.

“The new BisonsTV HD board will bring an unparalleled level of entertainment and excitement to our great fans, and with the new energy-efficient lighting system, will firmly position Coca-Cola Field’s reputation as a premier ballpark for the next 25 years and beyond,” said Buczkowski.

“The City of Buffalo is making a significant investment in Coca-Cola Field by installing a new state-of-the-art ‘green’ lighting system that will enhance the overall experience fans and players will have in the ballpark, but just as importantly the new lighting system will provide considerable energy costs savings to the city,” said Mayor Brown. “The Buffalo Bisons continue to provide an excellent family-oriented entertainment opportunity for thousands of residents of our city and region. The city is committed to working with the Bob and Mindy Rich, Jonathan Dandes, Mike Buczkowski and the entire Bisons organization to ensure that Coca-Cola Field remains one of the premier professional sports venues at any level in the nation.”

On July 11, 2012, Coca-Cola Field will be the site of the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game.

About the BisonsTV HD Video Display
The new “BisonsTV HD” board will be more than three times the size of the current 38′ x 19′ model that has been in place at Coca-Cola Field since the 1999 season. Daktronics, Inc. of Brookings, South Dakota has been contracted by the team to install the new video board this winter. The state-of-the-art system at Coca-Cola Field will feature the latest Daktronics 15 mm LED video technology with the capabilities to present live and recorded video images, colorful animation and vivid graphics.

The display can show either full video images or windowed images with video, advertisements, statistical information and more. With this project, the Coca-Cola Field control room and camera equipment are being upgraded to High Definition. Sports Display Systems, a local video systems integration company, is providing Engineering and Installation services. Equipment is being provided by Audio Video Corporation.

Daktronics boards are currently in place in the ballparks of 26 of the 30 major league teams. Most recently, the company installed scoreboards at Citi Field, Yankee Stadium and Target Field in Minnesota.

For the third time in the 24-year history of Coca-Cola Field, the Bisons will turn to Daktronics to provide its signature scoreboard. The first centerfield message center in place when the ballpark opened in 1988 was from the South Dakota-company as was the original Big Board in 1999 -then the largest video board in minor league baseball.

“Our strong working relationship with Daktronics has only been solidified over years of great support and high-quality products,” said Buczkowski. “It’s only appropriate that their new signature video board will find a home in a ballpark that has meant so much to the baseball industry over the past two-plus decades.”

“We appreciate the relationship that has grown through the years,” Scott Willson, Daktronics Sales, said. “The Bisons have always looked for ways to update their facility to provide the best in-game presentation for their fans.”

About the new Energy-Efficient Lighting System
The new lighting system at Coca-Cola Field will feature 168 fixtures on the eight poles, less than half as many lights currently used to light the playing field. By requiring 1.564 kW per light, the new system is projected to save 2,536.1 metric tons of CO2 and over 3.5 million kW hours of energy over the next 25-years.

By using less energy and producing less waste, the project will save an estimated $1.5 million in operating cost.

About Daktronics, Inc.
Daktronics has strong leadership positions in, and is the world’s largest supplier of, large screen video displays, electronic scoreboards, computer-programmable displays, digital billboards, and control systems. The company excels in the control of large display systems, including those that require integration of multiple complex displays showing real-time information, graphics, animation and video. Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets and services display systems for customers around the world, in sport, business and transportation applications. For more information, visit the company’s World Wide Web site at: http://www.daktronics.com, e-mail the company at sales@daktronics.com, call (605) 692-0200 or toll-free (800) 325-8766 in the United States or write to the company at 331 32nd Ave. PO Box 5128 Brookings, S.D. 57006-5128.

Traffic is good

2086641_23234fb0f8.jpgThe annual Bisons Hot Stove is just days away with the return of Terry Collins, the New York Mets manager, serving as the keynote. While the preparations continue for a great event downtown (details below) we wanted to pass along a HUGE ‘thank you’ to our visitors, new and frequent.

“We salute those who have built dedicated audiences,” MLBlogosphere posted. “Each month we highlight the bloggers who have attracted the most pageviews, and just like the past two years, we’ve done year-end Leaders as well. Congratulations to all the 2010 Leaders!”

For the third straight year the Buffalo Bisons blog finished among MLBlogs best. Herd readers positioned the blog seventh most popular among all International League based trackers, twelfth for blogs dedicated to a minor league team and tabbed in 71st overall for professional clubs.

MLBlogs tracks blogs orchestrated by fans, MLB Pro (like ‘The Dish’) and MLB.com beat writers blogs who follow MLB clubs.

Mets manager, Terry Collins headlines Hot Stove


January 21 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel

New York Mets Manager and Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer TERRY COLLINS will speak at the Bisons annual Hot Stove Luncheon, Friday, January 21 inside the Grand Ballroom at the Adam’s Mark Hotel (12pm).

Collins, 61, was hired by the Mets as the 20th manager in franchise history on November 22, 2010. He served the 2010 season as New York’s minor league field coordinator, overseeing all phases of the Mets’ minor league operations. The 61-year old managed the Bisons for three seasons from 1989-1991 and was 246-186 during his time with the club. His .569 winning percentage as Herd skipper is the 8th highest in the 125-year history of the Buffalo Bisons. Collins was inducted into the Buffalo Bisons Hall of Fame in 1992.

Buffalo Bisons Vice President/General Manager Mike Buczkowski will also speak during the Hot Stove Luncheon program. Buczkowski will inform the fans on off-season updates with the team and Coca-Cola Field. The “Voice of the Bisons,” Ben Wagner will emcee the luncheon.

The Bisons will also hold a merchandise sale of select items.

TICKETS for the event are on sale for only $20 and can be purchased by calling the Bisons at (716) 846-2011. Tables of eight can be purchased for $160. The ticket price includes a buffet lunch served at 12:00 p.m. Doors to the Adam’s Mark Grand Ballroom open at 11:30 a.m.

The Bisons are asking all fans to R.S.V.P. for the event by Tuesday, January 18, 2011.