Former Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson made a couple trips to Buffalo in recent years as a minor-league instructor. While Wilson is joined at the hip with former Boston first baseman Bill Buckner, the third player in the wild finish to Game Six of the 1986 World Series will be an everyday occupant of the Buffalo dugout in 2013 as the Bisons' pitching coach.
The Toronto Blue Jays have just confirmed the rest of manager Marty Brown's staff for the upcoming season by naming longtime former Boston Red Sox reliever Bob Stanley (left) as Buffalo's pitching coach.
Stanley, 58, worked with Brown last year in Las Vegas and the 51s had a 4.59 ERA for the season, the sixth-best in the 16-team, hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
This will be Stanley's 14th season as a minor-league pitching coach, and his second in Triple-A. He had previous stints in the Mets and Giants organizations, mostly in the Double-A Eastern League.
Stanley pitched all 13 years of his career in Boston and was the franchise save leader with 132 until Jonathan Papelbon passed him in 2009. But he's best known, of course, for one that got away in Game Six at Shea Stadium.
In relief of Calvin Schiraldi, it was Stanley who threw the wild pitch past Rich Gedman with Wilson at the plate that allowed Kevin Mitchell to score the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Wilson, of course, then pulled the roller to first through the legs of Bill Buckner which Stanley (46) watched helplessly as the balled rolled into right field (right). It allowed Ray Knight to score the winning run in a 6-5 Mets victory.
The Bisons' hitting coach will be former big-league outfielder Jon Nunnally, who was the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians in 2010-11 and worked with Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Torey Lovullo at Columbus in 2009.
The Blue Jays have also announced Voon Chong will be the Bisons' trainer, his 12th year in the Toronto chain and fourth in Triple-A. Armando Gutierrez will be strength and conditioning coach.