Bisons announce All-Star updates

Fan online voting for teams begin today

By Buffalo Bisons | May 25, 2012 10:06 AM ET

There are only 47 days until the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game at Coca-Cola Field, presented by New Era Cap Company and The Buffalo News on Wednesday, July 11. With excitement building for the return of the game to Buffalo, NY, the Bisons today made several announcements concerning All-Star festivities that the baseball fans of Western New York are sure to enjoy.

Time is running out to be a part of the All-Star experience
The Bisons announced that there are fewer than 7,000 tickets remaining for the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game. The tickets remaining are all in the reserved seating sections as there are no party areas or luxury suites available for neither the All-Star Game nor the Home Run Derby.

Additionally, there are no more tickets available for either the Triple-A All-Star Gala, presented by AMI Graphics, or the Triple-A All-Star Luncheon featuring Tom Seaver, presented by Paddock Chevrolet. There are approximately 8,500 tickets remaining for the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday, July 9.

Don't miss out
With less than 7,000 tickets remaining for the All-Star Game, fans are encouraged to secure their spot soon for All-Star Week in Buffalo. Individual seat tickets for the Triple-A All-Star Game ($25) and the Triple-A Home Run Derby ($15) can be purchased on or by calling THE-HERD (716-843-4373).

Fans can still save $5 per ticket with the purchase of a Group Outing of 20 or more people. The All-Star Ticket Pack with a ticket to both the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby is still available for $35 (savings of $5).

There are also a limited number of spots remaining for a special All-You-Can-Eat Home Run Derby Pavilion Party. For only $30, fans will receive a ticket to the Home Run Derby and an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet for two hours in the Coca-Cola Field pavilion area. Fans that already have a ticket to the Home Run Derby can upgrade their ticket for $20. This package can be ordered by calling THE-HERD (716-843-4373).

Local celebrities join in on Home Run Derby
On Monday, July 9 (7 p.m.) -- two days before the Triple-A All-Star Game -- the Bisons will host the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby, presented by Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, at Coca-Cola Field. Three sluggers from the International League and three from the Pacific Coast League will compete to find one Home Run King of Triple-A baseball.

The Bisons have added a Celebrity Home Run Derby that will take place between rounds of the All-Star Derby. Already scheduled to appear for the event are Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills quarterback, Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills chief executive officer and St. John Fisher College Hall of Fame baseball player Russ Brandon, New England Patriots tight end and Amherst, N.Y. native Rob Gronkowski, and writer, actor, sportscaster and Buffalo, N.Y. native, Nick Bakay. More celebrities are expected to be added in the coming days.

The Home Run Derby will also feature an appearance by The Famous Chicken, as the world's most famous mascot will bring his fowl antics in between rounds. Tickets for the Home Run Derby are only $15 and available on or by calling THE-HERD (716) 843-4373.

Youth teams can be HR Derby 'Subway Shaggers' while fundraising
Here's a great chance for kids to get on the field for the Triple-A Home Run Derby while fundraising for their own local teams. The Bisons have teamed up with Subway for a "Subway Shagger Lottery." Local youth teams can sell tickets to both the Triple-A Home Run Derby and the Triple-A All-Star Game with a part of the proceeds going right back into their league. For every 30 tickets sold, the team receives an entry in a lottery with two teams being chosen to be Subway Shaggers at the Triple-A Home Run Derby. Interested teams should visit or call THE-HERD (716-843-4373) to get involved.

Online voting begins today on
It's time for fans to speak out and tell us who you want to see at the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game. Online fan voting began today on the official website of the Buffalo Bisons,, and will run until June 22. The fan vote will account for 33 percent of the vote along with ballots cast by members of the media (33 percent) and team coaching staffs (33 percent).

Online Triple-A All-Star Balloting is proudly sponsored by PERT® Plus, Official Shampoo Partner of the Triple-A All-Star Game.

Make your favorite Bisons player an All-Star
With online voting beginning today on, there are 14 Buffalo Bisons for fans to choose from. DH Valentino Pascucci leads the Bisons with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs and SS Omar Quintanilla is second on the club with six homers and 26 RBIs. Three Bisons outfielders, Matt Tuiasosopo (.289), Fred Lewis (.293) and Vinny Rottino (.307) are all having solid hitting seasons.

Bisons pitchers have a 3.30 ERA when C Lucas May is behind the plate. First baseman Josh Satin is hitting .279 with a team-high nine doubles, and 3B Zach Lutz was hitting .307 before he was placed on the disabled list.

On the mound, RHP Matt Harvey has five wins and RHP Jeurys Familia has four to top Bisons hurlers, while LHP Garrett Olson has yielded more than three earned runs in a start only once this year. RHP Fernando Cabrera ranks in the IL's Top 5 with nine saves, while LHP Justin Hampson and RHP Jack Egbert both have sub-3.00 ERAs out of the Bisons bullpen.

Fans can also write in any Buffalo Bisons player they wish.

The Bisons were represented by three All-Stars in the 1988: C Tom Prince, OF Benny Distefano and athletic trainer Carlos Ledezma.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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