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Brown on leaving Bisons: Farrell connection hurt him in Jays' eyes

By Mike Harrington

Off my vacation perch, I caught up with now ex-Bisons manager Marty Brown early this evening as he was wrapping up some Christmas shopping at home in Missouri. Brown told the Toronto Blue Jays late last week he would not be returning to Buffalo in 2014 and it's certainly no reflection of our fair city or the Bisons.

Brown said that he felt his connection to former Toronto manager John Farrell didn't help his standing in the Jays' organization. Farrell, of course, left the Jays in 2012 on pretty bad terms to take over in Boston. (If you need to know the rest of the story, this probably isn't the blog for you)

"My own opinion is that I knew John from Cleveland and he called me for this job when we were in Las Vegas and then he didn't leave on the greatest of terms," Brown said. "People have affiliated me with John and i think it's kind of hurt me in this organization. I don't have any big affiliation with John. I didn't go to Boston. I tried to do my job and do the best job I could. Toronto never had anything really bad to say to me. I just don't know if there was a huge trust factor and it's best for them to get somebody in there they like."

What Brown essentially told me is if the Blue Jays aren't going to give him a real chance in the major leagues, it was just time to move on and try something else. Translation: Toronto hired ex-Bison Tim Leiper to be its new first base coach, giving Brown what amounted to a perfunctory interview for the job. And that was a final straw.

"They knew who they wanted to hire and that's fine," Brown said. "It makes me feel more in terms of being a manager, is this worth my time and effort to keep doing what i'm doing? A part of you feels like I'm kicking myself in my head. And not just with the Blue Jays. I wasn't getting any interviews from other guys either.

"You try to evaluate yourself and where you're at and what you're doing....I just thought maybe I would step away for a while and see if I can do something else."

Brown isn't ruling out another Triple-A managerial job for next year. Nor is he ruling out a return to manage in Japan, where he managed from 2006-2010 and met his wife. He said scouting might also be another option.

Who might the Bisons suggest to the Blue Jays? I'll have some ideas in my story in Tuesday's editions of The News.

Report: Brown will not return to Bisons

by Amy Moritz

It looks like the Buffalo Bisons will be looking for a new manager for 2014.

Toronto-based Sportsnet is reporting that Marty Brown decided not to return to the Bisons as the team's manager this season. Brown was with the Herd last year and had a one-year contract. He was in his third season managing the Triple-A affiliate for the Toronto Blue Jays, the first two in Las Vegas before the Jays moved their affiliation to Buffalo.

It's possible that Brown decided to leave after being passed over for the opened first base coaching job which went to Tim Leiper. 

Brown managed the Bisons from 2003-05 when the team was with the Cleveland Indians. 

In the past few weeks, the Blue Jays have announced several player signings to minior league contracts including infielders Jared Goedert and Steve Tolleson and righthanded pitcher Tomo Ohka along with resigning righthanded pitcher Bobby Korecky.

 

Blue Jays pitching staff highlight Bisons Hot Stove Luncheon

by Amy Moritz

Toronto Blue Jays pitchers Brandon Morrow, Dustin McGowan, Esmile Rogers and Todd Redmond will be part of the Buffalo Bisons Hot Stove Luncheon.

The event is scheduled for noon, Jan. 16 at the Adam's Mark Hotel Grand Ballroom. 

All four Blue Jays players will take part in a fireside chat during while Toronto executives and Bisons Vice President/General Manager Mike Buczkowski will update Bisons fans as the team prepares for Opening Day on April 3 against Rochester.

Tickets are $25 with tables of eight available for $200. Along with a  buffet meal  each fan will receive a complimentary Blue Jays Toque and an issue of Baseball America. One fan at each table will also recieve a special autographed Blue Jays' item. Door prizes will also be awarded. 

Tickets must be reserved by Jan. 13 and are available at Bisons.com or by calling the Herd at (716) 846-2011.

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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 | mharrington@buffnews.com


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 | amoritz@buffnews.com

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