• Charlie Greene

Postseason Report 3

Hello Bisons Booster Club members, family and friends,

This is your Booster Club First Vice-President reporting from Buffalo, New York. TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. What was the last team to win a World Series after having a losing record the year before? 2. Who were the most recent pair of brothers to play on the same team in a World Series? Answers below. WEATHER REPORT: As I complete this report, folks in the Buffalo, New York, area are enjoying a sunny afternoon with a high temperature of 62 degrees after an early morning low of 49 degrees with a 16 mph wind blowing out of the WSW.  The average high on October 1st is 65 degrees and the clearest day of the month also is October 1st.  The average low on Oct. 1st is 50 degrees.  By the end of the month, the average high drops to 51 degrees and the average low to 41 degrees. SPORTS PAGE: The Blue Jays post season play came to an abrupt end after they were defeated in 2 consecutive games by the Rays.  Many of the players appeared forlorn and sad as they watched the Rays team celebrate moving on in the post season playoffs.  I hope that Jays Manager Montoyo not only complimented the players on the season they had but also suggested to them at that moment that they "remember how you feel right now so that it can motivate you to be even better next year." On September 25th, with 5 days to go before the working agreement between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball came to an end, MLB announced that the Appalachian League would operate as a summer wood bat league starting in 2021.  Players will be rising college freshmen and sophomores. MLB had previously announced partnerships with the existing independent Atlantic, American Association and Frontier Leagues.  The continuation of the Appalachian League as an independent league ensures that baseball will remain in some of the cities left out of MLB's plans for the affiliated minor leagues.  All of the Appalachian League clubs  are MLB-owned with local "owners" contracted to run the daily operations.  The new arrangement ensures that baseball will be played in Appalachian League cities for an unlimited number of years in the future.  Because college players do not receive a salary, a summer wood-bat league is financially feasible.  The Appalachian League includes the Bluefield Blue Jays, affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays, who play at the border of Bluefield, Virginia and Bluefield, West Virginia. Transactions: On September 27th, the Blue Jays sent former Bisons RHP Wilmer Font to their Alternate Training Site at Sahlen Field in Buffalo and invited him to their 2021 spring training as a non-roster minor leaguer. On September 28th, the Blue Jays activated former Bisons RHP Jacob Waguespack, former Bisons RHP Jordan Romano  and former Bisons first baseman Rowdy Tellez from the 10-day Injured List.  Also, the Jays recalled former Bisons LHP Anthony Kay, former Bisons RHP Sean Reid-Foley and former Bisons catcher Reese McGuire from their alternate training site.  Former Bisons RHP Wilmer Font elected free agency. On September 29th, the Blue Jays reassigned former Bisons RHP Patrick Murphy, former Bisons RHP Jacob Waguespack, former Bisons RHP Jordan Romano and former Bisons RHP T. J. Zeuch to the minor leagues, activated former Bisons infielder Santiago Espinal and placed former Bisons RHP Sean Reid-Foley on the reserve list. On September 30th, the Brewers assigned former Bisons outfielder Billy McKinney to their minor league roster. On October 1st, the Blue Jays activated former Bisons right handed pitchers Jordan Romano, T. J. Zeuch, Sean Reid-Foley and Jacob Waguespack. TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. The last team to win a World Series after having a losing record the year before was the San Francisco Giants who won in 2014.  The Giants finished 76-86 in 2013. 2. The most recent pair of brothers to play on the same team in a World Series are Jose and Bengie Molina who played together on the 2002 Angels, who beat the Giants in 7 games in the Series.  Starting catcher Bengie hit .286 for the Series, while Jose was a defensive replacement for his brother in 3 games. BACK PAGE: Now that the Blue Jays season is over, I will revert to my normal post season practice of sending a report at the end of every month until the start of spring training games unless there is some dramatic news about the Bisons and the International League that comes out of decisions made by Major League Baseball regarding Minor League Baseball. Charlie Greene, First Vice-President, Buffalo Bisons Booster Club

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