Handful of former Bisons make debuts
The New York Mets hired Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Terry Collins in late fall to be their new field manager. The season’s keynote was dominated down south by the Marlins Josh Johnson as Mets dropped the opener, 6-2, in Friday night. Collins is one of five current Major League managers with direct ties to the Buffalo Bisons.
Former Bisons making managerial debuts went 3-2 during their season openers.
San Diego manager Bud Black was the Bisons pitching coach in 1998. The Padres took a road win Thursday in St. Louis in extra-innings.
Behind a complete-game effort from Felix Hernandez, Seattle beat Oakland 6-2 Friday night. Mariners manager Eric Wedge led the Bisons to a 178-108 record in two years on the bench in Buffalo, 2001-2002.
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell was 20-21 with a 5.02ERA in three seasons pitching for the Herd, 1987 and 1995-1996.
Friday afternoon at Pittsburgh doubled-up Chicago 6-3 at Wrigley Field. Cubs manager Mike Quade played 63 games with the Double-A Buffalo Bisons during the 1981 season.
The 2011Bisons are primed for their season opener in downtown Buffalo on Thursday at 3:05 p.m. when hosting the Syracuse Chiefs.