The Blue Jays and the Buffalo Bisons extended their "Player Development Contract" for another 2 years. The Bisons will be our Triple A team (at least) through the 2018 season.
Bisons' GM Mike Buczkowski released this:
The support we've received from the Blue Jays' player development and front office staffs has been everything we thought it would be and more when we began this partnership four years ago, It has truly been a partnership in every sense of the word and we're looking forward to continued success in growing the baseball corridor from Western New York to the Greater Toronto area.
From the Jays side, Mark Shapiro said:
We are excited to extend our PDC but more importantly our relationship with the Bisons. The most productive player development relationships are built upon two aligned organizations, We are appreciative of the dynamic in Buffalo and feel that because of the Rich family, the exceptional front office and support of a great city - there is no one we would rather be affiliated with.
The Bisons have a 219-212 record in their 3 seasons as the Jays AAA team. The Bisons drew 551,303 fan last year, their best attendance since 2010.
It is great news for Toronto baseball fans, keeping our top minor league team close enough for fans to drive down for a game or go for a weekend to see a couple of games.
I'm glad to hear it. It is good to have our Triple-A team so close that Chad Jenkins has a short drive each time he's brought up for a few days.