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Openers for Bisons: Get over .500 for once!

It's Opening Day for the Bisons tonight in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and a win would put them over .500 for the first time in more than two years!

Yep, a 1-0 record for the Herd would be on the good side of .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 on April 7, 2008. The Bisons fell below .500 two days later and finished the '08 season 66-77. And don't even get me started about last year. Hey, manager Ken Oberkfell told us Tuesday in our season preview story that he's already forgotten about 2009. We'll see.

All the losing has been an odd feeling the last two years for a franchise that went to the playoffs nine times in 11 years from 1995-2005. There's been no playoffs since and a lot of losing the last two years that the parent Mets are hoping to turn around.

In case you missed it, here's a preview of the 2010 IL season. Once things open at home next Wednesday against Pawtucket, the Bisons promise you'll have better luck at the concession stands.

Amazing how many emails I got on that topic last season. More than about bad baseball. I renew my advice to those working behind the stands -- stop standing around chatting and get a move-on! We'll see if the team gave them similar instructions.

Down in Scranton, Donnie Colllins of the Times-Tribune has a look at catcher Jesus Montero. He's the top Yankes' prospect and the heir apparent to Jorge Posada.

As it hits year 22, Scranton's PNC Field is getting a lot of badly-needed attention. The place has been falling apart and needs a major renovation or needs to be replaced. They haven't nearly kept it up like Buffalo has done with Coca-Cola Field.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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