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Altobelli statue unveiling tonight before Bisons game in Rochester

Even for relatively meaningless games in the standings, I know many people make the short hop down the Thruway for Bisons' games in Rochester's Frontier Field, one of the happiest place you'll find to watch a game (as long as you're not looking at the Red Wings' hideous 49-93 record!).

If you're going for tonight's 7:05 game, be advised that the gates open at 5:30 and there's a 5:45 ceremony in the Walk of Fame area down the left field line to unveil a statue in honor of Rochester legend Joe Altobelli, the former Red Wings manager and broadcaster and the man who skippered the Baltimore Orioles to the World Series title in 1983.

Longtime Altobelli friends Don Zimmer and Jim Frey will be on hand for the unveiling. So will International League president Randy Mobley. It's a great honor for a great guy, as this story in today's Rochester D&C attests. Chatting with Alto about his years in the game in the Red Wings press box over the years has been one of the many highlights of my run covering the Bisons. 

Speaking of the Red Wings, they broke their 12-game losing streak last night by beating Syracuse. It's the third time in their long history they've lost 12 straight and they broke the skid all three times against the Chiefs.

---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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