Marty Brown -Manager
Marty Brown returns to the Buffalo Bisons in 2013. This season will be his third consecutive as the manager of the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate.
Brown was a fan favorite in Buffalo during his three-year tenure as skipper, 2003-2005. He led Buffalo to a winning record in each of those seasons. After a 73-70 campaign in 2003, Brown guided the Herd to an 83-61 record in 2004 and an International League Governors' Cup Championship. The feat is even more impressive considering the club featured 67 different players and was five outs away from having the worst record in the IL on May 22. For engineering the turnaround, Brown was named International League Manager of the year and Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year. Brown won a second IL North Division title with the Bisons in 2005 (82-62) in the team's last trip to the post season.
Brown had a record of 238-193 in his first stint with the Bisons with the third most managerial wins in the team's modern era.
The 2013 season will be Brown's 17th year as a manager after beginning his career in 1997 with short-season Class-A Erie of the Pittsburgh Pirates chain. He has a 783-719 record and a .521 winning percentage in affiliation baseball in America. He also spent five seasons managing in Japan. After his first tenure in Buffalo, Brown managed the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan's Central League from 2006-2009. He spent the 2010 season at the helm of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japan Pacific League.
Brown has spent the past two seasons as the manager of the Blue Jay's Triple-A club in Las Vegas (Pacific Coast League). In 2012, the 51s went 79-64 and finished in second place in the PCL's Pacific Southern Division. He also managed the PCL's All-Star team to a 3-0 victory over the International League in the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game played at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY.
Brown began his professional playing career in 1985 when selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He made his Major League debut in 1988 and appeared in 35 games over two seasons with the Reds (1988-89) and one with Baltimore (1990), who selected him in the Rule 5 Draft in 1989. He recorded his first Major League hit on Sept. 25, 1988 against Atlanta.
He then played in Japan for three seasons with Hiroshima Toyo Carp (1992-94) before playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 1995. He played eight seasons in the minor leagues and appeared in 814 career games and batted .274 (778-for-2,840) with 85 home runs and 409 RBI.
Bob Stanley -Pitching Coach
Stanley is making his Bisons debut as pitching coach in 2013.
Stanley enters his 14th season as a coach in the minor leagues. In 2012, he served as the pitching coach with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s under Brown. His staff posted a 4.59ERA for the season, the sixth-best mark in the 16-team Pacific Coast League. His 51s staff walked the fewest batters in the league (437) and posted seven shutouts.
Stanley worked for six seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization, where he was pitching coach with Double-A Connecticut (2004-2008) and Single-A Hagerstown (2003). He began his coaching career with six years in the New York Mets organization, which included three seasons at Double-A Binghamton (1999, 2001, 2002).
Stanley played 13 years in the major leagues, all of them with the Boston Red Sox. He was a 1st round pick of the Red Sox in 1974 and 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.
Jon Nunnally -Hitting Coach
This will be Nunnallys first season as hitting coach for the Bisons.
Nunnally enters his seventh year as a coach and his second in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. In 2012, Nunnally was the hitting coach for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats with a lineup that finished 3rd in the Eastern League with 121 home runs. The Fisher Cats also stole an E.L. best 145 bases, 20 more than any other team. Nunnally spent 2007-2011 in the Cleveland Indian's organization and was the Tribe's hitting coach from 2010-2011.
Nunnally played professionally for 15 seasons as an outfielder from 1992-2006 with seven different organizations. He played in parts of six major league seasons with the Royals, Reds, Red Sox and Mets and averaged .246 with 42 home runs and 125RBI in 364 career games.
Chong enters his 12th season in the Toronto organization. He begins his fourth season as the athletic trainer at Triple-A. He was the athletic trainer for six seasons (2004-09) with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League. 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 (Burnaby, British Columbia) in Canada and earned his degree in Kinesiology. He resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Strength & Conditioning
Gutierrez is in his 4th season with the Toronto Blue Jays organization and his first with the Buffalo Bisons. This is his second season with Toronto's Triple-A club. He was previously the strength and conditioning coach with the Short Season-A Auburn Doubledays in 2010 and the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays in 2011. Before joining the Blue Jays organization, Gutierrez was a strength and conditioning intern with the San Jose Sharks during the 2009-2010 season. For the past three off seasons, he has worked at the Italian baseball academy.
Gutierrez attended Fresno State University and has a degree in Kinesiology. He is from Merced, California.