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Bisons return home without their manager

by Amy Moritz

Marty Brown threw batting practice for the Buffalo Bisons Tuesday afternoon, then retired to the clubhouse. That was it for his on-field or dugout participation as the manager served the second of his two-game suspension after being ejected on Sunday in Norfolk.

Brown was arguing for an interference call in the second inning (see the video and details in this previous blog post) and was ejected. He then staged a bit of a sit-in on the field.

Before Tuesday's game, Brown said he was frustrated with base umpire Kevin Bultron's lack of an explanation on the no-call. "Basically he said he didn’t see it and wasn’t going to ask for help," Brown said. "It could have had a huge impact on the game and I didn’t think that was right. If you’re out there at least get the call right or try your hardest to get the call right. I didn’t feel that was appropriate just to tell me he didn’t see it and to get off the field."

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Updated with video: Bisons manager Brown gets three-game suspension for infield sit-in

Bisons manager Marty Brown takes a seat on the Norfolk infield Sunday. (MILB.TV video)

By Mike Harrington

The Buffalo Bisons open a four-game homestand tonight at Coca-Cola Field against Lehigh Valley but veteran manager Marty Brown will be absent for the first two games after earning a suspension from the International League in the wake of his comedic ejection Sunday at Norfolk.

Brown was suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount, the team said today. Pitching coach Bob Stanley and batting coach Jon Nunnally ran the team during Monday's 10-5 win at Norfolk, and Toronto Blue Jays minor league field coordinator Doug Davis will be at the head of the Herd tonight and Wednesday.

Brown was ejected in the second inning Sunday, arguing that second baseman Jim Negrych had been interfered with while trying to field an infield chopper. Base umpire Kevin Bultron ejected Brown and the Bisons skipper than made contact with plate umpire Travis Carlson, who tried to get between them.

Brown then sat down on the infield, refusing to leave the field, and tossed his helmet. The umpires walked away from Brown, who finally got up and booted his helmet toward the Buffalo dugout. I've watched the video on the MILB.TV subscription package. Classic. Hysterically funny -- except, of course, to IL president Randy Mobley.

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Video: Bisons prepare for opening day

Manager Marty Brown, pitcher Justin Germano and infielder Jim Negrych talk about the upcoming season.


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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.

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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.

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