The Buffalo Bisons have called a press conference for Monday morning in Dunn Tire Park to officially announce the New York Mets will be their new parent club next season.
"This is great news for Buffalo sports fans. The Mets and Bisons are a natural marriage, and one that I believe will last a very long time. I encouraged the Mets to affiliate in New York State and I'm glad they did," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.
The Bisons announced today that team officials, including owners Bob and Mindy Rich, will be on hand with officials from the new parent club for the 10:30 a.m. announcement in Pettibones Grille, the ballpark's restaurant.
The team's release did not name the parent but The News has reported for several days the Herd and Mets will be joining forces next season. It's likely that Mets Chief Executive Officer Jeff Wilpon and General Manager Omar Minaya will be here for Monday's ceremonies. The Mets considered Buffalo and Syracuse while the Bisons were prepared to fall back to the Toronto Blue Jays or Washington Nationals if the Mets -- their first choice -- did not want to come to Buffalo.
After 14 years in Buffalo, the Cleveland Indians announced Thursday they'll be moving their Triple-A operation to Columbus next season. The partnership with the Mets marks the first time Buffalo has been with a National League affiliate since the Pittsburgh Pirates left in 1994.