A new era in Bisons Baseball has begun. On April 9, 2009 the Bisons will take the field in Downtown Buffalo as the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, thus aligning one of the elite franchises in all of Major League Baseball with one of the most storied franchises in history of the minors.
"We, as an organization and as part of the Western New York baseball community, could not be happier as we forge this new partnership with the New York Mets. The Mets are one of the most highly recognizable franchises in all of sports and have a well-established tradition of winning and excellence, which makes them a perfect fit for the Buffalo Bisons." -Bob Rich Jr., President and owner of the Buffalo Bisons
WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE: Bisons owners Bob and Mindy Rich are joined at the podium and on the field by Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon, Executive Vice President and General Manager Omar Minaya (far left) and several political dignitaries to make the big announcement. The Mets also announced that they donated $25,000 to the Buffalo Bisons high school adoption of the Buffalo public high school baseball program.
WATCH SportsNet New York: The SNY cameras were rolling, as well. The official "Home of All Things NY Sports," SNY came to Buffalo as the Mets began their partnership with the Bisons
"Inside the Herd" One on Ones
"Inside the Herd" kept the cameras on after the press conference and caught up with many of the people responsible for the partnership.
WATCH: Bisons play-by-play announcer Ben Wagner catches up with Mets Executive Vice President and General Manager Omar Minaya to talk about the importance of alligning with Buffalo and his overall Triple-A philosophy.
WATCH: Bisons play-by-play announcer Ben Wagner catches up with Mets Director of Player Development, Adam Wogan to get an inside look at the Mets farm system and just how a player might make his way to New York through Buffalo.
WATCH: Bisons play-by-play announcer Ben Wagner catches up with Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon Adam Wogan about New York's decision to come to Buffalo and how the big league atmosphere that Bisons fans provide will help young players get ready for the big apple.