The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame Committee is proud to announce that former Bisons' pitcher JASON JACOME and outfielder MARK RYAL have been elected to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.
Jacome and Ryal will all be formally inducted during special Hall of Fame ceremonies during the Bisons Hondafridaynightbash!® on June 30 against the Syracuse Chiefs (7:05 p.m.). CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
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Jason Jacome pitched in two seasons with the Bisons, 1997-1998, and was 17-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 31 total starts. A 1998 International League All Star, the lefty owns a Bisons modern era record .850 winning percentage.
Claimed by the Indians off waivers during the 1997 season, Jacome went 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA in seven games with the Bisons that year. The southpaw returned to the team the following season and was nearly unbeatable during the Herd's 1998 Governors' Cup Championship. During that campaign, Jacome went 14-2 with a 3.26 ERA (3rd in International League) in the regular season, with an .875 winning pct. that at the time was a new Modern Era record. His season was even more impressive when you consider he won his final eight decisions as the Bisons erased an eight-game deficit in the IL North division in the final month of the year. Then in the postseason, Jacome posted a perfect 3-0 record, including an eight-inning masterpiece in Buffalo's 3-1 title-clinching Game 5 victory over the Durham Bulls.
Jacome pitched five total seasons in the big leagues for the Mets, Royals and Indians with a combined 10-18 record and 5.34 ERA in 106 appearances. He becomes just the third modern era Bisons pitcher to be inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame, joining aces Dorn Taylor and Rick Reed.
Mark Ryal played two seasons with the Bisons, first appearing with the club in 1985 before returning to the team for the 1990 campaign. In 215 total games in a Buffalo uniform, the outfielder hit .299 with 55 doubles, 22 home runs and 115 RBI.
Ryal was signed by the Chicago White Sox before the 1985 season and appeared in 106 games with the Bisons. Hitting .265, the left-handed slugger led the Herd with 66 RBI and 21 doubles in the team's first season back at the Triple-A level. Following Major League time with California and Philadelphia, the veteran outfielder signed on with Pittsburgh in 1990 and produced one of the best hitting seasons in the Bisons modern era. Ryal delivered the Herd's only American Association batting title, pacing the circuit with a .334 average that still ranks as the third-best single-season mark in the team's modern era. Ryal added 34 doubles, nine home runs and 49 RBI in 109 games during his year that garnered him both midseason and postseason All-Star nods as well as the Bisons Stan Barron Most Valuable Player award.
In all, Ryal played 127 Major League games over six seasons with the Royals, White Sox, Angels, Phillies and Pirates. He hit .211 with seven home runs and 31 RBI from 1982-1990.
Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame Committee
The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame committee is charged with the task of screening all candidates eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame and to select for induction such persons who have made a significant contribution to Buffalo professional baseball, or such Western New Yorkers who have made a meaningful contribution to professional baseball generally.
The committee is comprised of Tom Burns, Bob Dicesare, Mike Harrington, Kevin Lester, Duke McGuire, Bob Miske, John Murphy and Pete Weber.
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