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Gaston, Alomar, Hentgen to attend Bisons-Blue Jays press conference Friday afternoon

The Bisons have announced a star-studded roster of guests for Friday's press conference in Pettibone's Grille announcing their new affiliation with the Toronto Blue Jays. Among the Toronto officials scheduled to be on hand will be Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, former Cy Young winner Pat Hentgen and longtime former manager Cito Gaston, a trio that combined to lead the Blue Jays to back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993.

All are now working as club ambassadors. Hentgen served as a coach in the minor-league chain and as the big-league club's bullpen coach in 2011 before resigning to take a role as a special assistant.

Representing the Bisons at the press conference will be owners Bob and Mindy Rich, president Jon Dandes and VP/General Manager Mike Buczkowski. Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz are also scheduled to attend.

The Blue Jays roster, in addition to Alomar, Gaston and Hentgen looks like this:

President & CEO Paul Beeston
Senior VP/GM Alex Anthopoulos
VP/Baseball Operations, Assistant GM Tony LaCava
Director Minor League Operations Charlie Wilson
Field Coordinator Doug Davis.

Beeston had plenty to say in today's Toronto Sun about the Jays' disappointing season. A great read from Steve Simmons.

Sounds like a great show. Of course, the Mets put on a pretty good one as well in 2008 when they were unveiled, and it even included Governor David Paterson. So it's just a press conference. The proof will come starting next April. And Bisons fans remember how things started for the Mets in April, 2009. The Blue Jays certainly need to make a better first impression.

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 

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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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