The Toronto Blue Jays announced Monday they have chosen Gary Allenson as Buffalo Bisons manager for the 2014 season. Allen will be introduced as the 19th manager in the Herd's modern era at 11 a.m. Thursday before the team's hot stove luncheon at the Adam's Mark Hotel.
The 58-year-old Allenson, who replaces Marty Brown, is entering his 20th season as a manager in the minor leagues and his second in the Blue Jays organization after leading the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 68-72 record and thrid place in the Eastern League Eastern division last season.
Allenson has a career managerial record of 1,143-1,266 (.474 pct.). Of his previous 19 seasons, eight have been in the International League: Louisville (1998-1999), Ottawa (2003) and Norfolk (2007-2011). He reached the IL playoffs with Louisville in 1998 and with Ottawa in 2003. Allenson also has six years of Major League coaching experience with the Boston Red Sox (bullpen coach: 1992-1993, third base coach: 1994) and the Milwaukee Brewers (first base coach: 2000, third base coach: 2001-2002).
Allenson was a ninth-round draft pick of Boston in 1976 and spent six seasons (1979-1984) as a catcher in the Major Leagues with the Red Sox before finishing his career with 14 games for the Blue Jays in 1985. He hit .221 with 19 home runs and 131 RBI in 416 games in the majors. He was the International League's most valuable player in 1978 after hitting .299 with 20 home runs and 76 RBIs for Pawtucket.
Joining Allenson on the Bisons staff will be pitching coach Randy St. Claire and hitting coach Richie Hebner. Athletic trainer Voon Chong and strength and conditioning coach Armando Guttierrez will return for their second seasons.