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Bisons Coaching staff

Bobby Meacham
Bobby Meacham -Manager


Meacham is the 20th Bisons manager in the team's modern era and will return to lead the Herd during the 2018 season. He is one of only two people to play for and manage the team in the club's modern era (Torey Lovullo).

Meacham is entering the 28th season of his coaching career with 11 years of experience as a minor league manager. The Bisons finished last season in fifth place in the International League North division with a 65-76 record overall and a 36-35 mark at Coca-Cola Field.

Meacham joined the Blue Jays organization in 2013 and led Single-A Dunedin (63-68) to a first-half championship. He has spent the last three years as manager of Double-A New Hampshire, guiding the Fisher Cats to a 69-73 record last season. In 2015, Meacham received the Bobby Mattick Award for excellence in player development within the Blue Jays organization. Meacham also managed at the Triple-A level in 199, as he led Pittsburgh's Calgary Cannons (Pacific Coast League) in the first year after the Pirates' affiliation with the Bisons. He also managed at Eugene (1992), Carolina (1994) and Rancho Cucamonga (2002-2004) for a career managerial record of 630-702 (.473).

Meacham's coaching career also includes six years at the Major League level serving as a third base coach for Florida (2006) and the New Yankees (2008) and first base coach for San Diego (2007) and Houston (2010-2012).

Before making the transition to coaching/managing, Meacham spent parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues (1983-88) with the New York Yankees, primarily as a shortstop. In 457 career Major League games, he compiled a .236 career average with 58 doubles, eight home runs, 114 RBI and 58 stolen bases. Meacham spent the 1985 season as the Yankees everyday shortstop, appearing in 156 games while stealing a career-high 25. Originally selected in the first round of the 1981 June draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Meacham spent the second-to-last season of his playing career in Buffalo, hitting .218 with 25 RBI in 94 games for the 1989 Bisons.

Bob Stanley
Bob Stanley -Pitching Coach


For Stanley, this is his fourth season as pitching coach for the Bisons. He held the position in 2013 and then returned to the Herd in 2016. Last year, Buffalo's 3.58 ERA was the 5th best in the International League, while the club also ranked 5th in walks allowed (421), T5th in shutouts (12) and T3rd in fewest home runs allowed (102). In each of his previous three seasons, the Bisons have ranked 5th or better in the league in fewest walks allowed.

Stanley has been a coach since 1997, working six years in the Mets (1997-2002) and Giants (2003-2008) minor league systems. He first joined the Blue Jays organization in 2012 as the pitching coach with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s and was Toronto's Major League bullpen coach in 2014. He played 13 years in the Major Leagues, all of them with the Boston Red Sox. Stanley was Boston's all-time saves leader with 132 until Jonathan Papelbon passed him during the 2009 season. Overall, Stanley was 115-97 with a 3.64ERA and 693 strikeouts in 637 career games. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000.

 

Corey Hart

 

Corey Hart -Hitting Coach


Hart is entering his third season as a coach in the Blue Jays system, spending the last two seasons with the organization's Single-A Dunedin club. Last year, Dunedin captured the Florida State League title and scored 62 more runs than any other club in the league (642, 4.7 R/G). The Dunedin Blue Jays also finished 3rd in the FSL both in team average (.255) and home runs (83) and 2nd with a .332 on-base percentage. Hart has also coached in the Brewers organization from 2006-2009 and with Marlins affiliates from 2010-2015.

Hart is a veteran of eight minor league seasons as a player from 1998-2005, reaching the Triple-A level with Omaha in 2002 and again in 2004. In 713 career games, the infielder hit .242 with 17 home runs and 248 RBI and a .371 on-base percentage. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 23rd round of 1998 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Oklahoma.

 

Devon White

 

Devon White -Hitting Coach


White made his coaching debut in the Blue Jays system last year as the Bisons' hitting coach. The 2017 Herd led the International League with 143 stolen bases, including team MVP Roemon Fields who stole a modern era Bisons record 43. Last year's Herd also ranked 4th in the IL in walks (462) and fewest strikeouts (1,032).

In his coaching career, White also served as the outfielder and baserunning coordinator in the Nationals farm system from 2008-2010 and as the minor league baserunning coordinator for the White Sox from 2011-2012. He spent five seasons of his 17-year Major League playing career with the Blue Jays, helping the club to their back-to-back titles in 1992 and 1993. He won a Gold Glove in each of his five years with Toronto and was an American League All-Star for the Blue Jays in 1993. Overall, 'Devo' averaged .263 with 1,934 hits, 208 home runs, 846 RBI and 346 stolen bases playing for six Major League teams from 1985-2001. He won his third World Series Championship with the Florida Marlins in 1997.

 

 

 

 

Bob Tarpey

Bob Tarpey

Athletic Trainer

Brian Pike

Brian Pike

Strength & Conditioning Coach