Coca-Cola Field

aka Pilot Field
Dunn Tire Park
North Americare Pk
Downtown Ballpark

Buffalo New York

Home of the
Buffalo Bison

International League
Alex Ramirez returned in 1999 to bring some fireworks to the ballpark (now named Dunn Tire Park but we will continue calling it Coca-Cola Field for sanity's sake). Ramirez would hit 20 2B, 12 HR and bat .305 in 305 At Bats before being called up to the Indians to replace injuries. Ramirez would surprisingly never get a chance in the Major Leagues to prove his worth despite his heroics in Triple-A. Ramirez would give up on Major League Baseball altogether and set off to Japan where he became a superstar slugger for 7 years often batting well over .300 (and into the .340's) and breaking the 40 HR mark twice. Russell Branyan meanwhile took over as the main slugger on this team, hitting 30 HR and becoming the 4th player to break that 30 HR mark. Branyan had serious power but had other issues as well batting only .208 while striking out 187 times… almost half of his At Bats. Jeff Manto returned to put up another 23 HR and bat .296. Bill Selby hit 32 2B, 20 HR, 85 RBI and batted .295. Dave Roberts hit .271 while swiping 39 bases… the most since Tony Womack’s 41. The pitching however… was pedestrian at best. There were no outstanding ERA’s or win/loss records to report as team ERA rose to 4.36. The Bisons finished up the century at 72-72. Fan attendance was 684,000... way down from the one million that had become the standard when it was believed that Buffalo was slated to be a new MLB home. That 684k however still ranked 3rd all time in the history of the International League.