Coca-Cola Field

aka Pilot Field
Dunn Tire Park
North Americare Pk
Downtown Ballpark

Buffalo New York

Home of the
Buffalo Bison

International League
(Triple-A)
It turns out that the 1999 season was just a fluke. The Buffalo Bisons would come back strong in the new millenium. There weren't any amazing performances that you could single out by any individual player. Chris Haney put up the best record at 8-3, 2.44 and Andrew Lorraine matched him at 8-3, 3.47. Jim Brower had the most wins at 9-4, 3.11. Paul Rigdon was 6-1, 3.30 and Alan Newman was 7-4, 3.49. In the bullpen, Chris Nichting had a few shaky outings but still managed to take over Coca-Cola Field’s save lead by going 2-3-26 Sv, 4.23. At the plate, the Bisons featured three 21 HR hitters with Russell Branyan returning to hit 21 and bat .234. Danny Peoples hit 21 and batted .260 and Bill Selby had 21 HR and batted .276. Jeff Manto returned to hit 13 HR and bat .201. His 13 HR made him Buffalo’s all time HR king for a career which stands at 78. Dave Roberts again stole 29 bases and hit 13 HR while batting .292. It wasn’t the "sexiest stats" we’ve ever seen but it was good enough for 1st place… barely. The Bisons had a 5 ˝ game lead which quickly evaporated and the Bisons had to play a one game playoff against Scranton (which they won 7-1) to finish the season holding that #1 spot. They would split two games with Scranton in the playoffs (which included a 2 HR game by Jeff Manto) but Scranton would hold the line against the Bisons and take the series. Manny Ramirez would make a 5 game rehab assignment at the stadium and put on a show , batting .455 with a 2B and 3 HR in 11 At Bats. 667,000 came to cheer the Bisons on. The Bisons may not have had a strong enough team to go all the way but they would come back in 2001 with their strongest team yet at Coca-Cola Field.