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Sandberg to manage IronPigs

Spurned for the top job by the Chicago Cubs, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will be a regular visitor to Buffalo next season as he was hired Monday by the Phillies to be the manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Sandberg replaces Dave Huppert, who had three mostly brutal seasons in Lehigh Valley. Since taking over as the Phils' top affiliate from Ottawa for the 2008 season, the Allentown, Pa.-based team has not been over .500 for a single day of its three seasons.

Lehigh Valley will be in Buffalo to meet the Bisons for a pair of four-game series, April 22-25 and June 28-July 1. 

---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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