A new era of Buffalo Bisons Baseball began today as the team signed a two-year player development contract with the New York Mets. This partnership aligns the Bisons with one of the elite franchises in all of Major League Baseball. Under this agreement, the Buffalo Bisons will be the New York Mets' Triple-A affiliate for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
"We, as an organization and as part of the Western New York baseball community, could not be happier today as we forge this new partnership with the New York Mets," said Bob Rich Jr., President and owner of the Buffalo Bisons. "The Mets are one of the most highly recognizable franchises in all of sports and have a well-established tradition of winning and excellence, which makes them a perfect fit for the Buffalo Bisons.
"The Bisons recognize the importance of having a strong major league partner and feel that this new connection with an in-state team will provide our fans with many seasons of great baseball." New York Mets' Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon, Executive Vice President/General Manager Omar Minaya and Director of Minor League Operations Adam Wogan joined Bob and Mindy Rich to make today's announcement at Dunn Tire Park.
"We look forward to being in Buffalo as an organization and in the community and working with the Rich family as home base for our top minor league team," said Wilpon. "Their commitment to innovation has earned them the well-deserved reputation for management excellence and providing the finest fan experience in the minor leagues. We thank Governor David Paterson and Senior Senator from the State of New York Chuck Schumer for their support and help in bringing our Triple-A team to our home state."