Prior to 1998, Minor League Baseball had three Triple-A leagues... the Pacific Coast League, the International League and the American Association. The Bisons were members of the latter. After the 1997 season, the American Association was dissolved with teams being dispersed between the Pacific Coast League and the International League (which the Bisons joined in 1998). The 1989 team brought in Steve Carter (24 2B, 17 SB, .295) and Albert Hall (31 SB, .304) who took the lead in steals and average for the new ballpark. Future All-Star Jay Bell at the age of 23, led the team in HR with 10 while batting .285. Orlando Merced at age 22 played in 129 at bats and batted .341. On the mound, Bob Patterson (12-6, 3.35) led a strong rotation which included Donald Taylor (10-8, 2.58), Morris Madden (12-8, 3.39) and future Mets starter and All Star, Rick Reed (9-8, 3.72). Stan Belinda meanwhile did a strong job in the bullpen with a 2-2-9 Sv, 0.95 record. The 89 Bisons finished the season in 2nd place at 80-62, missing their chance at the playoffs but still providing a good showing and a continued step upwards. Fans continued to come to the ballpark at 1,132,000 strong, 24th in professional baseball and ahead of the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago White Sox.