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Play ball: Bisons open spring schedule tomorrow

The Bisons' season opener is less than a month away, as it's April 7 at Coca-Cola Field against Syracuse. And the 13-game spring training schedule in Florida opens Thursday when the Herd meets the New Orleans Zephyrs at the Florida Marlins' complex in Jupiter.

All games start at 1 p.m. and the opponents will be either New Orleans, Memphis (St. Louis) or Syracuse (Washington). Memphis shares the Jupiter complex with the Marlins while the Nationals' complex is in Viera, near the Kennedy Space Center. Seven games are at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie.

I get a lot of inquiries about this every year from folks heading to Florida. There is usually no admission charge to minor-league games. They're usually on back fields (e.g. maybe a couple rows of bleachers and no scoreboards, etc). Don't look for Bisons uniforms because the players are all wearing uniforms of the big-league clubs. Be wary of a game at the same time as a major-league game because that's when you can usually get hit with parking or admission charges to the complex.

It's awesome to get an up-close view of a game from behind a screen but stay alert for foul balls! And if you're looking for autographs, you can often get them as soon as a game is over. But don't go poking near the dugout trying to get them during a game. Major fan fail.

---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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