Bobby Meacham, Manager
Meacham is the 20th Bisons manager in the team's modern era and will lead the Herd for a third straight season in 2019. He is one of only three people to play for and manage the team in the club's modern era (Torey Lovullo, Joel Skinner).
Meacham is entering the 29th season of his coaching career with 12 years of experience as a minor league manager. The Bisons finished last season in sixth place in the International League North division with a 61-77 record overal.
Meacham joined the Blue Jays organization in 2013 and led Single-A Dunedin (63-68) to a first-half championship. He then spent three years as manager of Double-A New Hampshire (2014-2016) and in 2015 he received the Bobby Mattick Award for excellence in player development within the Blue Jays organization. Meacham also managed at the Triple-A level in 1995, 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 691-779 (.470).
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.