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The Herd's new look and other news from a wild day in Bisonland

BISONS 2013 LOGO

Here it is, unveiled today at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons are going with this look for the 2013 season, their first with the Toronto Blue Jays. It's a throwback to their logo from 1988-1997, the red-white-blue with a swinging Buster. The red, however, is a little darker and the blue a shade lighter than that arrangment. Uniforms and caps will be revealed in mid-January.

As part of a wild press conference at the ballpark, the Herd re-introduced manager Marty Brown -- their skipper from 2003-2005 -- as their 2013 manager, and the Blue Jays also announced that infielder Jim Negrych has signed a minor-league with an invitation to major league spring training. Negrych, who played for Syracuse last year in the Washington chain, appeared in the Triple-A All-Star Game here last summer.

On top of those items, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos and new manager John Gibbons made a surprise appearance in town less than four hours after wrapping up their introductory press conference in the Rogers Centre.  Anthopoulos' big trade with the Miami Marlins was made official Monday and his free-agent signing of Melky Cabrera was announced as final Tuesday.

Some quick comments from the principals:

Brown: "I've missed Buffalo very much. ... [Going to the Blue Jays] was a lot like the Cleveland organization when I got in with them. A lot of really good talented young players due to the scouting staff and some of the trades the organization did. We're all going to benefit here in Buffalo."

Anthopoulos on the stunning choice of Gibbons: "Players would run through a wall for him. They loved playing for him. The only thing that made me pause was what would the perception be, what are the optics going to be? How would it look? Is it a bit of a downer because he's already been here? But the decisions I've regretted are where I didn't go with my instincts and was more concerned with optics. I haven't done it very often, very few times. This is one that I find the best decisions I've made I did what I felt was right."

Gibbons: "I never expected this to happen. This is so far-fetched. The reality of it. I had to pinch myself to be honest with you. So I'm going to run with it and see what happens. How many times do you get a second chance, especially in a place you've been working with some good people that I know?"

Negrych: "It's always nice to know that you're wanted. They said they were interested, we told them what we wanted and it was important to me to find out it wasn't just to be in Buffalo. It was for my baseball ability, not for my hometown. They said if they were still in Las Vegas, they would be calling me. They had good reports from their scouts, positive things to say. When I heard all that news, their offer was more than fair for me."

--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.

@BNHarrington | [email protected]


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.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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