Both sides signaled during spring training that this was inevitable, so it’s no surprise the Buffalo Bisons (Class AAA; International League) and the Toronto Blue Jays have extended their player-development contract through 2018.
“The support we’ve received from the Blue Jays’ player development and front office staffs has been everything we thought it would be and more when we began this partnership four years ago,” said Bisons Vice President/General Manager Mike Buczkowski. “It has truly been a partnership in every sense of the word and we’re looking forward to continued success in growing the baseball corridor from Western New York to the Greater Toronto area.”
“We are excited to extend our PDC but more importantly our relationship with the Bisons. The most productive player development relationships are built upon two aligned organizations,” said Blue Jays President & CEO Mark Shapiro. “We are appreciative of the dynamic in Buffalo and feel that because of the Rich family, the exceptional front office and support of a great city – there is no one we would rather be affiliated with.”
In the first three seasons with the Blue Jays, the Bisons have won 219 games (219-212), the team’s most in a three-year span in almost a decade (2005-2007, 220).
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