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Bisons in the Major Leagues

Bisons in the Major Leagues


Bisons players don't just move onto the Major Leagues as players. For many, their careers on the field in Buffalo are just a prelude to their long baseball careers after they hang up the cleats.

Did you know there is a former Bisons player or coach working in each of the 30 Major League organizations? All told, there are over 170 former Bisons working throughout baseball, including SIX Major League Managers. From big league coaches to minor league coordinators, here's a list of all the former Bisons in the game today (Bisons years in parenthesis).

 

Torey LovulloArizona Diamondbacks:
Mike Bell (1B, 1993 and Coach, 2005) -VP of Player Development
Junior Noboa (INF, 1984, 87, 94) -VP, Latin Operations
Josh Barfield (INF, 2008) -Assist. Director Player Development
Jim Marshall (MGR 1986) Sr. Advisor/Pacific Rim Operations
Torey Lovullo (INF, 1995, 97-98, MGR, 2006-08) -Manager
Tim Laker (C, 2001-02, 06) -Assistant hitting Coach
JR House (C, 2010) -Catching Coordinator

Atlanta Braves:
Jose Castro (INF, 1985) -Assistant Hitting Coach
Lee Elia (SS, 1962) -Senior Advisor Player Development
Jeff Datz (MNG 1998-1999) -Catching Coordinator
Dom Chiti (Pitching Coach 1995) -Director Player Development
Reid Cornelius(P, 1996)-Pitching Coach Triple-A Gwinnett
John Moses (OF, 1991) -Hitting Coach of Triple-A Gwinnett
Luis Salazar (OF, 1979) -Manager of Single-A Florida

Baltimore Orioles:
Amanda Sarver - Digital Communications Coordinator
Einar Diaz (C 1997-98, 06) -Coach, Orioles
Brian Graham (Manager, 1995-97), Director of Player Development
Jeff Manto (INF, 1997-2000) -Minor League Hitting Coordinator
Ron Johnson (1B/DH, 1985) -Manager of Triple-A Norfolk

Boston Red Sox:
Alex Cora (SS, 2009)-Manager, Red Sox
Ramon Vasquez (INF, 2005)- Coach Red Sox
Bob Kipper (P, 1990) -Pitching Coach Single-A Greenville

Chicago Cubs:
Jim Hickey (P, 1985) -Pitching Coach, Cubs
Darnell McDonald (OF, 2005) -Mental Skills Coordinator
Dave Keller (Pitching Coach -1997-98) -Latin American Field Coordinator
Dave Keller (Coach 1997-98) - Latin American Coordinator
Ron Villone (P, 1998) -Rehab Pitching Coordinator
Jacob Cruz (OF, 1998-1999) - Hitting Coordinator
Terry Clark (P, 1997, PC 2004) -Pitching Couch of Double-A Tennessee
Jesus Feliciano (OF, 2009-2011) - Hitting Coach Double-A Tennessee
Carmelo Martinez (INF, 1995) -Manager of Rookie AZL Cubs
Jason Cooper (OF, 2004-09) -Special Assignment Scout

Chicago White Sox:
Ken Williams (OF, 1986) -Exec Vice President, White Sox
Bill Scherrer -Buffalo Native -Special Assistant
Jim Thome (DH, 1998) -Special Assistant
Tommy Thompson (INF, 1986) -Assistant Player Development
Daryl Boston (OF, 1985-86) -First Base Coach, White Sox
Nick Capra (2B 1986) - Third Base Coach
Greg Sparks (1B, 1991) -Assistant Hitting Coach
Bryan Little (OF, 1985-86, 88) -Major League Advance Scout
Chris Getz (2B, 2014) -Director of Player Development
Andy Tomberlin (OF, 1993, 2000) -Hitting Coach of Triple-A Charlotte
Steve McCatty (P, 1986) - Pitching Coach Triple A Charlotte

Cincinnati Reds:
Elmer Dessens (P, 2009-10) -Pitching Coach of Rookie AZL Reds

Cleveland Indians:
Carl Willis (PC, 2001-2002) -Pitching Coach
Sandy Alomar Jr. (C, 1999) -First Base Coach, Indians
Mark Budzinski (OF, 1999-01) -MLB Coach, Indians
Jeff Desjardins (Trainer, 2007-08) -Assistant Trainer, Indians
Travis Fryman (3B, 1999, 2001) - Special Assistant
Travis Hafner (1B, DH, 2003, 2008)- Special Assistant
Grady Sizemore (OF, 2004) - Special Assistant
David Wallace (C, 2002, 07) -Special Assistant
John McDonald (INF, 1999-2001) -Minor League Defense Coordinator
Steve Karsay (P, 1998, 2006) -Pitching Coach of Triple-A Columbus
Anthony Medrano (INF, 2001-02) -Assistant Field Coordinator
Jim Pankovits (2B, 1989) - Manager Single-A Mahoning Valley
Curtis Danburg (Bisons Intern) -Senior Director of Communications
Jim Rosenhaus (Bisons Announcer, 1996-2008) -Radio Announcer
Rick Manning (NF native) -TV Announcer

Bud BlackColorado Rockies:
Bud Black (Pitching Coach, 1998) - Manager
Darryl Scott (P, 1996-97) -Pitching Coordinator
Mark Brewer (Pitching Coach, 2012) -Pitching Coach Double-A Hartford
Marv Foley (C, 1985-86) -Manager Single-A Aasheville
Scott Little (INF, OF 1988-91) -Manager of Single-A Boise
Doug Jones (P, 1987) -Pitching Coach of Rookie Ball-Grand Junction

Detroit Tigers:
Dan Lunetta (Bisons Front Office, 1985) -Director of Minor Leagues
Lloyd McClendon (OF, 1995) -Hitting Coach
Dave Clark (OF, 1984, 87, 92) -Third Base Coach, Tigers
Bruce Fields (Hitting Coach, 2006) -Roving Hitting Coordinator
Willie Blair (P, 2001) -Pitching Coach of Double-A Erie
Mike Hessman (INF, 2010) -Hitting Coach of Double A Erie
Rod Allen (OF, 1987) -TV Announcer

Houston Astros:
Morgan Ensberg (INF, 2008) -Manager A-Ball Tri-City

Kansas City Royals:
Tim Conroy (P, 1989) -Special Assistant to the GM
Rafael Belliard (INF, 1982) -Minor League Infield Coordinator
Rex Hudler (INF, 1998) -TV Announcer

Los Angeles Angels:
Charles Nagy (P, 2000-2002) -Pitching Coach, Angels
Scott Radinsky (P, 2001, PC 2007-2008) -Bullpen Coach, Angels
Steve Soliz (C, 1997-1998) -Catching Coach, Angels
Dave RobertsJon Nunnally (Hitting Coach, 2013) - Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator)
Buddy Carlyle (P, 2013) - Assist. Pitching Coordinator
Ben Francisco (OF, 2006-08) -Scout
Jose Tolentino (1B, 1992) - Spanish TV Announcer

Los Angeles Dodgers:
Dave Roberts (OF, 1998-2001) -Manager, Dodgers
Clayton McCullough (C, 2005) -Minor League Field Coordinator
Shaun Larkin (INF, 2007) -Skills Development Coordinator

Miami Marlins:
Tommy Gregg (OF, 1988) -Hitting Coach of Triple-A New Orleans
Mike Jacobs (1B, 2010) - Manager A-Ball Batavia

Milwaukee Brewers:
Lee Tunnell (P, 1981) -Bullpen Coach, Brewers
Mark Dewey (P, 1993) -Minor League Pitching Assistant
Craig Smajstrla (2B, 1987)-Scout

Minnesota Twins:
Mike Quade (OF, 1981) -Outfield Coordinator
Joel Skinner (C, 1985; Manager 2000) -Manager Triple-A Rochester
Chad Allen (OF, 2002) -Hitting Coach of Triple-A Rochester
Stu Cliburn (P, 1979-81) -Pitching Coach of Triple-A Rochester

New York Mets
Terry Collins (Manager, 1989-91) -Special Assistant
Ruben Amaro, Jr. (Of, 1995) -First Base Coach, Mets
Ricky Bones (Pitching Coach, 2009-11) -Bullpen Coach, Mets
Brian Chicklo (Trainer, 2009-10) -Head Trainer, Mets
Joe Golia (Trainer, 2011-2012)-Assistant Trainer, Mets
Tim Teufel (Manager, 2011) -Infield Coordinator
Benny Distefano (1B, 1988-89) -Minor League Outfield Coordinator
Valentino Pascucci (INF, 2010-12) -Hitting Coach of Double-A Binghamton
Nelson Figueroa (P, 2009) -TV Announcer

New York Yankees:
Josh Bard (C, 2001-2004) -Bullpen Coach, Yankees
Marc Bombard (Manager, 1992) -Player Development Consultant
Jay Bell (SS, 1987, 1989) - Manager Double-A Trenton

Oakland Athletics:
Al Pedrique (INF, 1988) -First Base Coach, A's
Nick Paparesta (Trainer, 2003-04) -Head Trainer, A's
Don Schulze (P, 1987) -Pitching Coach of Single-A Beloit

Philadelphia Phillies:
Dusty Wathan (C, 2003-05) -Third Base Coach, Phillies
Andy Abad (OF, 2005) -Minor League Outfield/Base Running Coordinator
Sal Rende (P/1B, 1983) -Coach of Triple-A Lehigh Valley
Pat Borders (C, 1999) -Manager of Single-A Williamsport
Dave Hollins (INF, 2000-01) -Special Assignment Scout
Jessie Levis (C, 1995 & 2000) -Scout

Pittsburgh Pirates:
Kevin Young (3B, 1991-1992, 94) -Special Assistant Baseball Operations
Tom Prince (C, 1988-92), -Bench Coach-Pirates
Todd Tomczyk (Trainer, 2005-06) -Dir. Sports Medicine, Pirates
Jim Malone (Strength Coach) -Strength & Conditioning Coach, Pirates
Brendon Huttmann (Strength Coach, 2004) -Sports Science Coordinator, Pirates
Bobby Scales (INF, 2012) -Assistant Field Coordinator
Wyatt Toregas (C, 2008) -Manager of Single-A West Virginia
Greg Brown (Radio Announcer) -Radio/TV Announcer
John Wehner (3B, 1991-1994) -Radio/TV Announcer

St. Louis Cardinals:
George Greer (Hitting Coach, 2012) -Minor League Offensive Strategist Coordinator
Dann Bilardello (C, 1989-90) -Manager of Single-A Palm Beach

Andy GreenSan Diego Padres:
Andy Green (INF, 2009-2010) -Manager, Padres
Raul Gonzalez (OF, 2004) - Hitting Coach Rookie Ball Arizona
Moises Alou (OF, 1990) -Special Assistant Player Development

San Francisco Giants:
Ron Wotus (INF, 1982) -Third Base Coach, Giants
David Bell (INF, 1995) -Vice President Player Development
Steve Kline (P, 1997) -Pitching Coach of Triple-A Sacramento
Jolbert Cabrera (SS, 1998-2000) - Manager Single-A Augusta

Seattle Mariners:
Jim Brower (P, 1998-2000) -Assist MLB Coach
Pat Listach (INF, INF, 1997-98) -Manager of Triple-A Tacoma
Joe Bohringer (Front Office) -Special Assistant to the GM

Tampa Bay Rays:
Kyle Snyder (P, 2009) -Pitching Coach, Rays
Jeremy Sowers (P, 2006-08) Assistant Major League Operations
Skeeter Barnes (INF, 1988) -Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator
Dick Bosman (P, 1969) -Pitching Coordinator
Steve Henderson (1B/OF, 1986,1989) Hitting Coordinator
Joe Szekely (C, 1990) -Hitting Coach of Single-A Port Charlotte
Danny Sheaffer (C, 1990) -Manager of Rookie Princeton
Dave Myers (Hitting Coach, 2007-08) -Major League Scout
Brian Anderson (P, 1996-1997) -TV Announcer

Jeff BanisterTexas Rangers:
Jeff Banister (C, 1990-91) -Manager, Rangers
Tony Beasley (INF, 1993) -Third Base Coach, Rangers
Dan Warthen (P, 1981) -Assistant Pitching Coach, Rangers
Brian Shouse (P,1993-1994) -Pitching Coach of Triple-A Round Rock
Greg Hibbard (PC, 2006) -Pitching Coach of Double-A Frisco
Jared Goedert (INF, 2014) -Manager Single-A Spokane
Brian Sikorski (P, 2007) -Scout
Vinny Rottino (OF, 2012) - Scout
C.J. Nitkowski (P, 2012)-TV Announcer

Toronto Blue Jays:
Tim Leiper (3B/OF, 1993-94) -First Base Coach, Blue Jays
Alex Andreopoulos (C, 2001) -Bullpen Catcher, Blue Jays
Donovan Santas (Strength Coach, 2001) -Strength Coach, Blue Jays
Voon Chong (Trainer, 2013-2017) -Assistant Trainer, Blue Jays
Eric Wedge (MGR, 2001-2002) -Field Coordinator
Bobby Meacham (INF, 1989) -Manager of Triple-A Buffalo
Casey Candaele (INF, 1995-1997) -Manager Single-A Dunedin
Luis Hurtado (Coach 2016)-Manager Rookie Ball
Randy Kramer (P, 1988-90) -Pro Scout
Ben Wagner (Announcer 2009-2017) -Radio Announcer

Washington Nationals
Tommy Shields (INF, 1990) -Minor League Field Coordinator
Spin Williams (Pitching Coach, 1992) -Senior Advisor, Player Development
Tim Redding (P, 2009) -Pitching Coach of Single-A Hagerstown
Michael Barrett (C, 2010) -Catching Coordinator
Sandy Martinez (C, 2004) -Manager of Rookie DSL Nationals