By Mike Harrington
Former Bisons manager Eric Wedge, ex-Buffalo outfielder Greg Tubbs and longtime Western New York-based scout Bob Miske have been elected to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame, the Hall committee and the Buffalo Bisons announced today.
Wedge, Tubbs and Miske will be inducted in ceremonies prior to the Bisons' game July 11 against Durham in Coca-Cola Field. Their inductions will increase the Hall's membership to 91.
Wedge is the third manager in the Bisons modern era to be inducted into the Hall, joining current New York Mets skipper Terry Collins (Class of 1992) and Brian Graham (Class of 2008).
Wedge managed the Bisons to a 178-108 record and playoff berths in 2001 and 2002, setting a modern-era mark for winning percentage at .622. The '01 Bisons set a modern-era mark for wins by going 91-51 and won the IL North by 13 1/2 games before losing Game Five of the IL semifinals to Scranton in a 19-inning thriller that remains the longest game in the downtown ballpark's history.
The '02 Bisons were 87-57 and avenged that loss to Scranton by sweeping the Red Barons in a three-game semifinal series before losing to Durham in three straight in the IL finals. Wedge was the IL manager that summer at the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Wedge managed the Cleveland Indians from 2003-2009, posting a 561-573 record and getting the Tribe within one game of the World Series in 2007 before it lost Game Seven of the ALCS in Boston. The Indians won the Central Division that year and Wedge was named AL Manager of the Year. Click here for my story heading into that postseason on the Wedge-led '07 Indians, whose roster was filled with former Bisons.
From 2011-2013, Wedge managed the Seattle Mariners to a 213-273 record. Wedge resigned at the end of last season and is doing TV work this year for ESPN while living in East Aurora with his wife, Kate, and two children. Wedge met his wife, an Alden native, while he managed the Bisons.
Tubbs (left) was the most common leadoff hitter for the Bisons in 1991, 1992 and 1994. In 364 games he batted .283 with 60 doubles, 19 triples, 12 home runs, 121 RBIs and 67 stolen bases. He’s third in the modern era in total hits (370) and joins Jesus Feliciano (2009-11) as the only two Bisons since 1985 to have 100+ hits in three separate seasons.
Tubbs is also known for catching the final out in center field for both of the Bisons' American Association division-clinching wins at then-Pilot Field in 1991 and 1992. He played 11 seasons in the farm systems of the Braves, Pirates and Reds and saw 35 games of big-league time for Atlanta and Cincinnati.
Miske (right) is an Eggertsville resident who currently scouts for the New York Yankees. He is in his 50th year of scouting and is entering the Hall in the Steward category. He has worked for the Dodgers, Yankees and Seattle Mariners.
Miske began his career with the Dodgers in 1964 and spent 30 years with Los Angeles, earning World Sreies rings in 1981 and 1988. He worked for the Yankees from 1994-2001, with Seattle from 2002-2008 and returned to the Yankees in 2009.
Miske is no stranger to Hall of Fame honors. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Scouts Hall of Fame (2000), the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame (2010), the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame (2000) and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame (2004).
Miske is a 1961 graduate of the University of Buffalo where he was captain of the baseball team (1959-1960) and MVP of the basketball team (1960-1961). He was an Eastern College Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete in 1961 and was inducted into the UB Hall of Fame in 1984.
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