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Bisons 'All 25 Seasons' Team

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The votes are in!

The Buffalo Bisons announced the 15 names that comprise the 'ALL 25 SEASONS' TEAM during the team's 25th Season Celebration on Saturday, August 25 at Coca-Cola Field. The collection of power hitters, slick fielders, dominating pitchers and true leaders on the field and off represent the best names from a quarter century of Bisons Baseball at Coca-Cola Field.

The team is comprised of seven members of the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame and has 13 All-Star nominations, an International League Most Valuable Player, a batting champion, an IL home run champion, an American Association ERA and wins leader and one retired number.

The position players have combined to play 2,473 games with the Bisons with 2,491 hits, 423 home runs, 1,447RBI, 1,429 runs scored and 167 stolen bases. On the mound, the five-member 'All 25-Seasons' pitching staff combined for a record of 99-57 (.635 winning pct.) with 30 complete games, 50 saves and 1,002 strikeouts in only 1,419.0 innings of work.

The 'All 25 Seasons' Team was selected by fan voting all season on Bisons.com (50% of the vote), along with ballots cast by the Buffalo media (25%) and the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame Committee (25%).

We hope you enjoyed the voting process as well as the debate that came from trying to decide which teams to put on your ballot. How did you do? How many of your favorite players made it onto the Bisons "All 25 Seasons Team"

 

All 25 Seasons Team

Manager - Terry Collins


Years with Bisons: 1989-1991


During his three years as manager, Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Terry Collins brought 246 wins to Bisons fans. The energetic, fiery Collins was a fan favorite because of the passion he brought to every game. The Bisons won 80 or more games each year from 1989-1991 and won the American Association East Division Title in his final season with the team.

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Catcher - Tom Prince


Years with Bisons: 1988-1992


There was a constant fixture on the diamond for the first five years at Coca-Cola Field: the gritty, dependable Tom Prince. The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame catcher produced the only run in the ballpark's first game, homering in the 3rd inning of a 1-0 win over Denver on April 14, 1988. He also was an American Association All-Star that year. Prince went on to play 400 games in Bisons' red, white and blue and was a true leader both on the field and off.

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First Base - Richie Sexson


Years with Bisons: 1997-1998


Richie Sexson
received more votes than any player at his position during fan voting for the All 25 Seasons Team (63%). The towering Sexson played in 204 games with the Herd from 1997-1998 and hit 52 home runs with 162RBI. His 31 homers from the 1997 season led the American Association and rank as the second most in a single season by a Bisons slugger. The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer was an International League All-Star in both his years with the Bisons and was also named the team's 1992 Co-Most Valuable Player.

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Second Base - Brandon Phillips


Years with Bisons: 2002-2005


One of the most colorful players in the modern era, Brandon Phillips ranks in the Top 5 in the modern era in games (345), hits (367) and doubles (79). His 158 hits in 2004 would've broken the team's single-season record if not for All 25 Seasons' teammate, Jhonny Peralta. He also set the record for consecutive games reaching base (51) during the 2004 season. With possibly the best range of any Bisons infielder in the modern era, his defensive play in Game 3 of the 2004 IL Semi-Finals saved the season for the eventual IL Champion Bisons.

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Third Base - Russell Branyan


Years with Bisons: 1999-2000; '04, '07


With one of the most picturesque swings seen in 25 years, Russell Branyan hit home runs further than any player in a Bisons uniform. His 76 career home runs for Buffalo are second only to All 25 Seasons' teammate Jeff Manto. He hit 51 of those homers in his first two seasons before returning to club 25 more during the Herd's historic 2004 championship season. Quote Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame announcer Jim Rosenhaus during one of his majestic home runs, "I don't know where it is, but it's gone!"

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Shortstop - Jhonny Peralta


Years with Bisons: 2003-2004


Producing arguably the best single season in the modern era was shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Peralta gave Buffalo their first International League Most Valuable Player award in over 40 years with his 2004 campaign. That year, he scored 109 runs (15 more than any other Bisons player in any season in the modern era) and collected 181 hits (23 more than any player) and 44 doubles (6 more than any player) to go along with 15 home runs, 86RBI and a .326 batting average. He was the best hitter on the 2004 IL Champion Bisons that averaged .297 as a team.

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Outfield - Ben Francisco


Years with Bisons: 2005-2008


A constant force at the top of the Bisons lineup for over three seasons, Ben Francisco played 257 games for the Bisons. A five-tool outfielder, Francisco's best season came in 2007 when he captured the International League Batting Title with a .318 average in 95 games. Francisco also had 100 extra-base hits as a Bison, including 30 home runs, to go along with back-to-back seasons of 20 or more stolen bases.

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Outfield - Brian Giles


Years with Bisons: 1995-1996; '98


The newest member of the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame, Brian Giles is the only Bisons player in the modern era to be named a post season league all-star in back-to-back seasons. In 219 games with Buffalo, Giles ranks second in the modern era in batting average (.308), third in on-base percentage (.391) and fourth in slugging percentage (.534). He also had 37 home runs and 138RBI during his time with Buffalo.

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Outfield - Alex Ramirez


Years with Bisons: 1997-1999


Outfielder Alex Ramirez has his name written all over the Bisons record books. The slugger belted 34 home runs with 103RBI during the 1998 season with both marks still standing as modern era records. Ramirez also produced the team's longest hit streak (28 games) during the '98 season and collected Coca-Cola Field's lone cycle in Game 1 of the 1998 playoffs against Syracuse. His 57 total home runs as a Bison are the fourth most in the modern era.

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Designated Hitter - Jeff Manto


Years with Bisons: 1997-2000


One of the most beloved players in the 127 seasons of Bisons baseball, Jeff Manto is the only player in the modern era to have his number (30) retired by the team. The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer and modern era Home Run King, Manto slugged 79 home runs over parts of four seasons in Buffalo, 1997-2000, one every 11.7 at-bats. He was the first Bisons player to hit three home runs in a game at Coca-Cola Field and helped the Herd to a 1998 Governors' Cup Championship.

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Starting Pitcher - Bartolo Colon


Years with Bisons: 1996-1997


While there have been many great Bisons pitchers in the modern era, there has only been one no-hit performance in the ballpark's history. On June 20, 1997 -the night Coca-Cola Field welcomed its 10-millionth fan- Bartolo Colon dazzled the hometown crowd with a 4-0 masterpiece over the New Orleans Zephyrs. The righty walked just one batter and faced the minimum in a dominating performance. Colon went on to post an 8-1 record in 11 starts with the Herd.

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Starting Pitcher - Rick Reed


Years with Bisons: 1988-1991


Rick Reed
is the winningest pitcher in the Bisons modern era with 35 victories. The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer made 69 starts for the Herd from 1988-1991 and posted a 14-4 record during an All-Star campaign in 1991. He also won 10 games during the '89 season and never had an ERA above 3.80 during his time with Buffalo. Overall, the righty is second in the modern era with 290 strikeouts and eighth with a career 2.75ERA.

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Starting Pitcher - Dorn Taylor


Years with Bisons: 1988-1990


Pitcher Dorn Taylor has a stranglehold on just about all the pitching records in the 25-year history of Coca-Cola Field. In 39 career starts in front of the hometown fans, the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer has five more wins (21) than any other pitcher, all while posting a ballpark-best 1.55ERA. Eleven of his 16 complete games with the Herd came at home. Overall, the two-time American League All-Star was 34-22 with 281 strikeouts in 78 games with the Bisons.

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Relief Pitcher - Fernando Cabrera


Years with Bisons: 2004-2006; '12


A flame-throwing righty, Fernando Cabrera has been a dominating reliever for Buffalo. Just a 22-year old Triple-A rookie in 2004, Cabrera amassed an amazing 92 strikeouts in only 75.0 innings out of the bullpen for the IL Champions. A season later, Cabrera was 6-1 with a 1.23ERA and 68 more strikeouts in just 30 games. He returned the club as a closer this year and has a league-best 21 saves in his second IL All-Star season. Cabrera has pitched in more games (132) than any Bisons pitcher and his 228 strikeouts not only lead all relievers but are 5th most among ALL pitchers.

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Relief Pitcher - Danny Graves


Years with Bisons: 1997-1998


Closer Danny Graves was virtually unhittable during his first full campaign with the Bisons in 1996. In 43 games that season, the righty posted a 1.48ERA with 18 saves and yielded just 56 hits in 79.0 innings of work. Graves returned to Buffalo in 2006 and pitched in 33 more games as a middle reliever for the Herd. His 1.85ERA during his career at Coca-Cola Field is the 3rd lowest in ballpark history.