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Sun, Feb 16th - 4:24AM

Jeff Manto Elected into the International League's Hall of Fame

Jeff MantoJeff Manto will be inducted into the International League's Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies for Manto will be held at Coca-Cola Field on August 13 as the Bisons host the Norfolk Tides. Manto is currently the minor league hitting coordinator for the Tides' major league affiliate, the Baltimore Orioles, and is scheduled to be in Buffalo to receive the honor.

Manto is widely considered the best Bisons player in the team's modern era and is one of only three players in 128 seasons of Bisons baseball to have his number (#30) retired by the club (with other IL Hall of Famers Ollie Carnegie and Luke Easter). The infielder is the Bisons modern era Home Run King, slugging 79 home runs over four seasons with the club, 1997-2000.

Manto first joined the Bisons in 1997 when the club played in the American Association and hit 20 home runs in just 54 games to help lead Buffalo to a league title. The Bisons then joined the International League in 1998 and Manto's .311 batting average and 23 homers in only 62 games that season helped the club win the franchise's fifth Governors' Cup title. The slugger hit 23 more home runs while hitting .296 for the Herd in 1999 before playing 94 games and hitting 13 homers in 2000 for Buffalo.

For his Bisons career, Manto hit .271 (250-923) with 45 doubles, 79 home runs, 207 RBI in 276 games. He ranks 1st in the modern era in on-base pct. (.405), 2nd in slugging pct. (.579) and OPS (.984) and 3rd in RBI.

Manto hit 125 home runs between seven different International League teams during his career. He was the International League Most Valuable Player in 1994 when he led the circuit with 31 home runs and 100 RBI in a campaign split between Norfolk and Rochester.

Manto, who was inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, becomes the 28th former Bisons player or manager to be inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.

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Thu, Feb 6th - 4:31AM

Bisons Manager for 2014

Gary Allenson Gary Allenson was named the Buffalo Bisons new manager last month.

Allenson, 58, managed the Jays' Double-A farm club in New Hampshire last season. He has 19 years' and more than 2,000 minor-league games experience as a minor-league manager. He also was a major-league coach with Baltimore, Boston and Milwaukee.

Nicknamed "Muggsy," Allenson played for the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team in college. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 9th round of the 1976 amateur draft.

Allenson served as a backup catcher in Major League Baseball for the Red Sox (19791984) and Toronto Blue Jays (1985). He batted and threw right-handed. In a seven-season career, Allenson posted a .221 batting average with 19 home runs and 131 RBI in 416 games played.

The Jays also hired Randy St. Claire as the new pitching coach at Buffalo and promoted Richie Hebner from New Hampshire to replace Jon Nunnally as hitting coach. Nunnally was moved to New Hampshire.

December 20, the Buffalo Bisons announced that Marty Brown decided not to return to his position as Bisons manager for the 2014 season. The Bisons went 74-70 under him in 2013.

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