Buffalo, N.Y.– “When the fans come and have fun from the promotions, [the organization] has fun,” says Brad Bisbing, director of marketing and public relations.
The Buffalo Bisons are the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Bisbing, who was promoted in January, is entering his 14th season with the team. After earning a broadcast journalism degree from Ithaca College he began doing sports radio. “It just wasn’t for me,” Bisbing noted. Shortly after leaving sports radio, he was hired by the Bisons prior the the 2004 season as public relations assistant.
Bisbing discussed what the offseason was like saying they plan for the things they can handle, like promotions and other stadium activities. “[The organization] doesn’t have a say on who plays,” so they have to stay focused on the other things, he said. When new players come to Buffalo Bisbing and his staff work hard to make them comfortable and “take away their worries,” he said. That might include finding them somewhere to live, or how to get to and from the ballpark everyday.
When asked about the most challenging part of his job, Bisbing simply said, “the hours.” He went on to talk about how he’s always at the ballpark, and this being a job that is really your life. “But I love what I do, so I can’t complain,” he said.
The Bisons are celebrating their 30th season at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo this year. Brad Bisbing and his staff have many promotional events to commemorate such an achievement. Bisbing is excited for the start of the season and is hopeful the team will play well.
Phoenix– The Dodgers faced their cross-town rivals on Saturday in the final game of spring training before the 2017 season is underway.
Last night was actually the first time the Dodgers had their planned starting eight all batting in the same lineup. The teams shortstop sensation, Corey Seager made his first appearance since March 3rd due to a sore oblique.
Seager was able to muscle off a hit in his first plate appearance against former Dodger Jesse Chavez. He was later hit in on a Justin Turner home run.
“It’s nice to get back out there with the guys,” Seager said before the game. (via JP Hoornstra)
Phoenix– Unfortunate news coming out of Dodgers camp this morning, with pitcher Scott Kazmir entering the 2017 season on the disabled list.
The move comes just one day after a lackluster outing for the 33-year-old lefty who allowed a home run and walked five in just three innings. Manager Dave Roberts isn’t exactly sure yet what is wrong with Kazmir, simply saying it was his hip. The same hip that caused him to miss a lot of time in the 2016 season as well. As reported by Gabe Burns.
Kazmir was making his second start of spring and it was his first since March 6th. Going into spring training Kazmir was considered a favorite to crack the opening day rotation.
Phoenix– Outfielder Andrew Toles crushed a grand slam over the left-centerfield wall, followed by third baseman Justin Turner also going yard to erase a four-run deficit.
Rich Hill got the start for the Dodgers, but quickly fell in a hole in the first inning when A’s third baseman Matt Chapman hit a three-run shot. Hill also walked in a run in the second inning. His final line was 3 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and four walks. Reported by Ken Gurnick