The Hot Stoves of baseball have never blazed like this.
The off-season has been quite busy for the Buffalo Bisons and their new parent club, the Toronto Blue Jays. A great new partnership has been punctuated by an exciting new logo for the Herd, the return of a championship manager in Marty Brown and the fantastic acquisitions that have made the Jays a serious contender for a World Series Championship in 2013.
The Bisons annual "Hot Stove Luncheon," is Friday, January 18 at the Adam's Mark Hotel Grand Ballroom (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.). Scheduled to attend the event are Toronto Blue Jays President & CEO Paul Beeston, Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Alex Anthopoulos , former Blue Jays outfielder and AL MVP George Belland outfielder Anthony Gose. This event is SOLD OUT
Bell and Gose will take part in an autograph session immediately after the luncheon (one item signed per autographer, you may bring your own items). The event will also include the team's New Uniform Unveiling as fans will see for the first time the Bisons new home, road and alternate jerseys as well as their official on-field caps. Also,
Beeston has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Jays since October of 2009 and was the Blue Jays first employee in 1976. Anthopoulos is entering his fourth season as Blue Jays General Manager and has made several key acquisitions for Toronto this off-season, including a trade for former Bisons pitcher and 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner, R.A. Dickey.
Bell was a three-time American League All-Star and was named AL Most Valuable Player following a 1987 campaign where he hit .308 with 47 home runs and 134RBI with the Blue Jays. The outfielder played nine of his 12 major league season with Toronto and finished his career with 1,702 hits, 265 home runs and 1,002RBI.
Gose, 22, split the 2012 season with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s and the Toronto Blue Jays and hit a combined .268 with six home runs, 54RBI, 47 extra-base hits and 49 stolen bases. He stole 70 bases as an Eastern League All-Star with Double-A New Hampshire in 2011, the second-highest total in the minors that season.