The Toronto Blue Jays today announced the Buffalo Bisons field staff for the 2013 season. Joining Herd Manager Marty Brown will be Pitching Coach BOB STANLEY and Hitting Coach JON NUNNALLY. VOON CHONG will serve as the team's Athletic Trainer and ARMANDO GUTIERREZ will be the Bisons new Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Stanley made his coaching debut in 2012 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 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.
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.
Opening Day at Coca-Cola Field is just 88 days away as the Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings on Thursday, April 4 (2:05 p.m.). Season Tickets and ticket packages are now on sale at Bisons.com. The Bisons annual Hot Stove Luncheon featuring Toronto's CEO Paul Beeston, General Manager Alex Anthopoulos and outfielder Anthony Gose is Friday, January 18 at the Adam's Mark Hotel (Tickets $25, Bisons.com).