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Mets going to give Pascucci the call

Official word from the New York Mets has emerged during today's game at Florida that there's some good news coming out of today's dreary 5-1 Bisons loss at Scranton in the season finale: Valentino Pascucci is going to the big leagues for the first time since 2004.

Pascucci, whose last big-league time came in the final days of the Montreal Expos, will be going to New York along with outfielder Mike Baxter, pitcher Chris Schwinden (and manager Tim Teufel). 

Pascucci, 32, deserves the call. He's done nothing but produce here for two years after the Mets rescued him out of the independent leagues. He wasn't on their radar at all this year but forced his way in. And it's good to see the Amazins recognize that, both for Pascucci's sake and the view of future six-year free agents signing to play for them in Buffalo.

Be sure to check my column in Tuesday's paper for more on the Mets-Bisons relationship.

---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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