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Bisons manager Marty Brown… Simply The Best

marty_brownROCHESTER… It was more than just an ordinary win for the Buffalo Bisons this afternoon at Frontier Field in Rochester.

The Bisons downed the Rochester Red Wings, 5-3, to improve their record to an International League best 16-6 on this young season. The 16 wins sets a modern era record for most wins in April by the team. The Bisons have two games remaining this month, both in Rochester, to possibly add to this record.

Manager Marty Brown set a record for most wins by a team manager in the modern era, his 254th win here in Buffalo, Brown managed the Herd from 2003-2005 before returning this season, now with the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

The previous record was held by Brian Graham with 253 wins. Other managers who have served during this era include Eric Wedge and Terry Collins, now both managing big league teams.

“It only means I’ve been around a lot longer than those guys,” quipped Brown this afternoon as he accepted congratulations and well wishes from visitors to the clubhouse, including Bisons GM Mike Buczkowski, who made the trip to Rochester.

“It is gratifying to have such a solid group of guys playing for me. I am grateful to each and every one of them, for without them I am not standing here today. But it’s just a number. We’re here to win. We’re here to develop players. We are going to do it one day at a time,” said Brown.

With that there was one more ceremony in the happy Bisons clubhouse in the service level of Rochester’s ballpark. Brown took a seat in a regular shopping cart, where his entire of cadre of players paraded him around the dressing room, then leading their skipper into the showers. There he was doused with a healthy dose of bottled beer. Brown emerged from the showers, drenched from head to toe, smiling and exclaimed, “Damn, are we going to do this every time we win now?”

Good times. And fun times to be around Buffalo Bisons baseball right about now.