Former Bisons pitcher Jon Niese is back healthy and ready to contribute to the Mets starting rotation. The southpaw talks about his road back to the mound.
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.
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
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.
Editors Note: assembly required
A 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.