February 2011

Spring sounds

The New York Mets opened Grapefruit League action this week. Three former Bisons – Daniel Murphy, Josh Thole and R.A. Dickey – are hoping to help lead the Mets with each earning more definitive roles leading into the new season.

Daniel Murphy had his 2010 season end at second base at Coca-Cola Field last June. But the hard-working infielder is back from a season-ending knee injury and is looking to win a job with the Mets.

Former Bisons catcher Josh Thole was an early arrival at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, FL. The backstop is looking forward to a new season and building on his big league experience in 2010.

Former Bisons pitcher R.A. Dickey doesn’t wait until the ballpark opens to start his workout. The knuckleballer uses two wheels, not four, to get to work.

Interviews arranged and distributed by the New York Mets.

Bisons annual open house

Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A Affiliate of the New York Mets, will hold their annual Family Day Open House on Saturday, March 5 from 12 – 3:00 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field.

This event is FREE to the general public. Fans will also be able to purchase a ticket to the Bisons game on Saturday, April 9 or Sunday, April 10 for only a $5 donation to Western New York United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse.

Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. for Bisons Season Ticket Holders. Everyone else is welcome to join the fun starting at 12:00 p.m.

One of the Bisons great off-season traditions, the Family Day Open House has something for fans of all ages, including:

  • FREE Coca-Cola Soft Drinks
  • FREE Tyson Hot Dog on Midstate Bakery Roll
  • FREE Ice Cream Treat from Upstate Farms
  • Children’s Entertainment by DJ Trivia
  • Show Your Spirit with Brush of Class Face Paintings
  • Test Your Skills in the Bisons Batting Cages and Radar Gun
  • Swing for the Fences on Nintendo Wii Home Run Derby
  • Take a Spin on the Bisons Prize Wheel to Win some Great Prizes
  • Get an Inside Look at the Bisons Home Clubhouse, Press Box and Party Suites
  • View Classic Bisons Championship Trophies and Artifacts
  • NEW Bisons Merchandise & Apparel available in the Batter’s Box Gift Shop

HD board rolls to Buffalo

In case you were wondering how many huge flatbed semi-trucks it would take to deliver the largest HD video board in all of minor league baseball…the answer is 2!

Despite a long haul from South Dakota, the BisonsTV HD board has arrived.

READ: More about the HD-beast.

Editors Note: assembly required


Mets re-ink Feliciano, make additions

022011_feliciano.jpgA Combined 268-831 (.323) in Buffalo the past two seasons, is currently the Bisons second-best Modern Era batting average.

The New York Mets today announced that they have signed OF JESUS FELICIANO to a minor league deal. The Bisons’ major league affiliate also announced that INF CHRIS SHELTON and RHP KENT TSUJIMOTO have been signed to minor league deals.

Feliciano, 31, has played more games during the Bisons-Mets affiliation than any other player (219). The 2009 Bisons Most Valuable Player has hit .323 (268-831) in his two years with the Herd, the second-highest average in the team’s Modern Era. The outfielder led the International League with 154 hits during the 2009 campaign and posted a .339 (114-336) average during the 2010 season that fell just 20 points shy of qualifying as the IL’s second highest mark. In two seasons, Feliciano has also compiled 112 runs scored, 48 doubles, 70RBI and 19 stolen bases with Buffalo.

Feliciano also received the 2010 Jimmy Griffin Hometown Hero award for his excellence during home games. In two years, Feliciano has averaged .333 (132-396) at Coca-Cola Field.

Shelton, 30, spent the 2010 season in Houston’s organization. Playing primarily for Triple-A Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League, the 6-0, 215-pounder hit 10 home runs and drove in 42 in 82 games. He last appeared in the major leagues in 2009 with Seattle.

Tsujimoto, 22, pitched last season with Maui of the Independent Golden League. The 6-1, 180-pounder went 3-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 34.1 innings, 32 games. He struck out 48 and walked 13.

FLASHBACK: Feliciano finally gets call

022011_felicianoB.jpgIt took 14 years, but Jesus Feliciano is finally going to the big leagues. The now former Bisons outfielder had his contract selected by the New York Mets tonight and will join the club as a 30-year-old rookie.

“All the hard work that I have put in the past years has finally paid off and I am really excited,” said Feliciano with a huge grin on his face.

READ: Feliciano selected by Mets

“It is a dream come true!” exclaimed Feliciano.

2010 Notes:
-Because of his significant time in the majors, he fell 20 plate appearances shy of qualifying among league leaders. His .339 average would’ve ranked 2nd, only 2 points behind Gwinnett’s Barbaro Canizares.

-Began the season with the Bisons, but was promoted to the Mets four different times for his first taste of the major leagues. Was with Mets, June 7 – July 15, July 30 – August 8, August 22-28, September 6 – end of the season.

-Led the Bisons in hits (114) for second straight season.

-Led the Bisons with 31 multi-hit games. Had two, 5-hit games. Was 5-5 (R, 2 2B) on May 30 in Toledo and 5-6 (2R, 2B, RBI) on June 5 in Norfolk. Also had two, 4-hit games and six, 3-hit games.

-Went 13-19 (.684) in four-game stretch, May 27-30.

-Named IL Batter of the week, May 17-23 (.483, 4 2B, 3B, 5RBI).

-Team-high 12-game hit streak, May 12-23 (.458, 22-48).

-Led the Bisons for second straight season in outfield assists (11). Total ranked T2nd in International League.

-Hit .377 (43-114) with runners on base.

-Hit in 22 of his final 24 games with the Bisons, July 27 – September 5 (.330, 32-97).

-Made 44 starts in RF, 21 in CF and 15 in LF.