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Backman, DiStefano take team to Jamestown tonight for NY-P playoffs

If you're in the Southern Tier tonight, the Jamestown Jammers will be hosting Game One of the New York-Penn League playoffs against the league's top team, the Brooklyn Cyclones, at 7:05 in Diethrick Park (directions here). Jamestown won the NY-P wild-card with a 43-32 record. Brooklyn was 51-24. The other semifinal series has Batavia playing Game One tonight at Tri-City. The Muckdogs host Games Two and Three the next two nights in Dwyer Stadium.

Brooklyn is the Mets affiliate is managed by former 1986 Met Wally Backman, seemingly a favorite of the New York media to take over Jerry Manuel's job as soon as next year. But as this column from Steve Popper of the Bergen Record shows, some NYC media are correct in pointing out Backman is still in A ball and should keep quiet. The hitting coach for Brooklyn, by the way, is Benny DiStefano, a 1988 Triple-A all-star who was perhaps the most popular player on the Bisons during the '88 inaugural season in then-Pilot 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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