Bobby Meacham -Manager
Meacham was named the 20th Bisons manager in the team's modern era on November 28.
Meacham is entering the 27th season of his coaching career with 10 years of experience as a minor league manager. He 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.
This is Meacham's second career managerial job at the Triple-A level, as he led Pittsburgh's Calgary Cannons (Pacific Coast League) in 1995, 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.
Devon White -Hitting Coach
For White, this appointment marks his coaching debut in the Blue Jays system. In recent years, the three-time World Series Champion has been involved with the Jays Care Foundation, teaching the game to youngsters in the annual Blue Jays Baseball Academy, as well as his own Devon White Baseball Academy. White served as the outfielder and baserunning coordinator in the Washington Nationals farm system from 2008-2010 and as the minor league baserunning coordinator for the Chicago White Sox from 2011-2012.
White 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 Stanley -Pitching Coach
Stanley is in his third season as the Bisons pitching coach, having also held the position during the 2013 season under then-manager Marty Brown and last year under manager Gary Allenson. The team's 3.74 ERA in 2016 was the ninth-best mark in the International League. The staff, highlighted by midseason All-Stars Drew Hutchison, Ben Rowen and Dustin Antolin, led the IL in saves (45) and issued the fifth fewest walks (392) in the circuit.
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.
Aaron Matthews -Coach
Matthews is entering his third season as a coach in the Blue Jays system, having served as the hitting coach for the Bluefield Blue Jays of the rookie-level Appalachian League. Last season, Bluefield finished 1st in the Appalachian league in stolen bases (119) and walks (285), second in on-base percentage (.347) and third in home runs (57) in 68 games. Formally a 19th round draft pick of the Blue Jays in 2004, Matthews played seven years in the Blue Jays farm system and reached the Triple-A level in both 2009 and 2010 with Las Vegas. In his nine total professional seasons, the former outfielder hit .281 with 53 home runs and 365 RBI in 791 games.
Voon Chong -Athletic Trainer
Chong is in his fifth season as the Bisons athletic trainer and his 16th season in the Toronto organization. He is also in his seventh season as the athletic trainer at the Triple-A level. He was the athletic trainer for six seasons (2004-09) with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League. During his time with the Fisher Cats, he was named the 2007 Eastern League Athletic Trainer of the Year. Chong also serves as Assistant Minor League Athletic Trainer and Rehabiliation Coordinator for the Blue Jays.
Chong attended Simon Fraser University and earned his degree in Kinesiology. He resides in Vancouver, Canada.
Jason Dowse -Strength Coach
Dowse is entering his third season as the Bisons Strength & Conditioning Coach and his seventh season as a Strength Coach in the Blue Jays Organization. He spent three seasons in Single-A Lansing (2011-2013) and one in Single-A Dunedin (2014) of the Florida State League. Dowse also interned with the Blue Jays Major League team during the 2010 season.
In the 2014 off-season, Dowse worked with some of Canada's top Amateur Baseball talent throughout the country. He has also been part of Major League Baseball's Envoy Program for the past three years.
Dowse attended Brock University and earned his degree in Physical Education / Kinesiology. He is Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach through the NSCA.