Niagara Gazette


January 17, 2014

DOUG SMITH: Jays, Bisons tease the coming spring


Niagara Gazette — Keen ears could detect a lot of subtle by-play between the general managers. Buczkowski spoke favorably of callups from the Herd to Toronto – “but hopefully, not as many.” Buffalo was in playoff contention before being “gutted,” as one conceded, last August. Still, Buffalo enjoyed, as Buczkowski put it, “our largest game-to-game increase in attendance in the history of the club,” and will add more dates to specifically appeal to Jays fans across the border.

Then, as Sinatra’s “Summer Winds” oozed through the hall, it was over, and off they went, attorneys, government officials, sheriff’s deputies. Buffalo Courier-Express alumni Madelyn Barone skipped her own luncheon for this, her first Hot Stove. “It was wonderful,” she said. 

Now, to Opening Day, 76 days remain. That’s the spirit.

Doug Smith offers his takes on baseball with Base Paths, published every Monday in the Niagara Gazette during baseball season and on occasion during the offseason. Signal Base Paths at

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