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– 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
LOS ANGELES – The World Baseball Classic will make its final stop in Los Angeles when Dodger Stadium plays host for the semifinal and final rounds March 20-22.
This is the first time since 2009 where WBC games will be played at Dodger Stadium when it hosted the same rounds.
The San Diego Padres Petco Park will see WBC second-round action March 14-18. Miami’s Marlins Park hosted the now-concluded first round.
Reporting for CBS Sports Matt Snyder quoted Dodgers team president Stan Kasten: “The Los Angeles Dodgers and the City of Los Angeles are excited to be selected as the host of the World Baseball Classic semi-finals and final. Dodger Stadium and our great fans look forward to the finest players in the world competing for the WBC championship.”
The Dodgers will have four active players and three minor league players participating in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, including, for Team Mexico, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and catcher Sergio Romo.