Photograph © Bob Gaver
"The Eastern League began the 80's decade with totally new approach to the playoffs, as they introduced the "split season". The winner of the 1st half would now fact the 2nd half winner for the pennant. "In the first half of the split season the Bisons were very, very good; in the second half they were horrid. Their 39-29 record was good for first place in the Northern Division in the first half. In the second half the Bisons deteriorated to 28-41 and were 14 games off the pace. In the play-offs, they succumbed meekly to Holyoke, 2-0. Rick Lancellotti played only 30 games for Buffalo (he spent most of the year with Portland of the Pacific Coast League), and in this short span hit 10 home runs. Tony Pena's replacement, Junior Ortiz, batted .346, led the league in hitting and was chosen on the all-star squad. Other Buffalo all-stars were Alfredo Torres (.284 and 23 home runs) and Bert Vargas (.271 and 24 home runs). Steve Farr (11-6) and Dave Dravecky (13-7) led the pitchers. Both were ticketed for future major league play. Attendance fell slightly to 130,674, but this was good enough to lead the league once more. No other team reached 100,000. " *Buffalo Bisons.