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Buffalo Bisons unveil new logo

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

It’s a time for change in the Buffalo Bisons organization, and even though the start of the 2013 season is almost five months away, a new logo and a new manager are both now in place.

According to Jeff Russo from WKBW, the new logo (pictured as the header) was released this afternoon at a press conference and will be unveiled to the public tonight at Pettibones Grille, 1 James D. Griffin Plaza, Buffalo. The “Meet the Manager” event, which allows the public to purchase merchandise with the new logo and chat with new (and former) manager Marty Brown, runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 and is free of charge—Coca-Cola products will be served as well.

Here’s the side-by-side difference of the old logo (left) to the new logo (right). The Bisons are now property of the Toronto Blue Jays, a scenario long-predicted by the Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington that officially transpired as a two-year agreement in September.

The Blue Jays, who just fleeced the Miami Marlins in a well-publicized, controversial salary chopping deal that sent Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle to Toronto, had its Triple-A club in Las Vegas for the last four years after almost three decades in Syracuse.

Here are the Las Vegas stats from last season—these are the players the Bisons will inherit.

TAGGED: buffalo bisons, marty brown, new logo, pettibones grille, toronto blue jays, triple-a baseball

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  1. Sankinator November 21, 2012 @ 11:07am

    I think the older one is more intimidating, jmo.

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  2. Robin David Brown November 22, 2012 @ 2:06pm

    Probably not going to get much traction here but in a move to position Buffalo as part of the next MLB expansion (Yes it is predicted that 2 more teams are coming within the next 5 years) I would like to see the Bisons go from the Buffalo Bisons to the Buffalo New York Knights (ALA the Brooklyn New York Nets).  Branding Buffalo’s baseball team as a New York team will help in it’s appeal to those outside of WNY.  Using the Knights name, made famous in the film The Natural(which was filmed in Buffalo!) will make it an instant classic and favorite for baseball fans around the country.  The team could even adopt the New York Knights jersey and color scheme from the film.  They could have jerseys/hats that have logos featuring a B for Buffalo as well as NYK for New York Knights.  The classic lightning bolt from the film also works with Buffalo’s city crest(which would look pretty amazing incorporated into a logo/shoulder patch http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Flag_of_Buffalo,_New_York.svg).  Buffalo Bisons is the name we all know in Buffalo but the baseball nation doesn’t know who the Bisons are and their old and new logo does not appeal to baseball fans around the country.  Yes we want to appeal most to our home town fans but there’s something about having New York attached to your team that makes it special to people all over the world.  I think Rich Baseball Operations would be up for it as well.  They actually own another minor league team called The Naturals in Northwest Akransas (http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t1350).  They clearly have been thinking about their Buffalo baseball history roots.  They were also part of bringing the Bisons to their beautiful downtown home and the bidding for an MLB expansion team in 1991.  Imagine if the Marlins, who have won two World Series in their short history, instead had won it all for Buffalo.  The team would be a part of a rivalry with the other NY teams and Buffalo would be in the national spotlight all summer long(instead of going dormant for the months between football/hockey season).  We are in a new Buffalo renaissance with downtown receiving the Canalside projects as well as all the new buildings adjacent to it.  There is talk of adding a waterfront stadium instead of talk of saying goodbye to the Bills.  Why not start talking again about bringing the MLB to Buffalo, a city rich with ties to baseball’s past and present(see New Era Caps!).  I think Rich Baseball Operations could have opened this conversation with a rebranding of the Bisons.

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