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January 17, 2014

Bisons introduce new manager Allenson

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Niagara Gazette — Regarding Nolin, Allenson noted: “He’s got four pitches, fastball, curve, slider, change. He needs to be pitching where he’s not predictable and not be afraid to throw off-speed in fastball counts, to get back in the count. He’s a guy who’s a bit of a perfectionist who needs to be a bit easier on himself when things aren’t going well.”

Last season the Bisons lost several key players, including Kevin Pillar, Ryan Goins and Anthony Gose, when they were called up to Toronto to address injury-related needs. The player moves left the Bisons with less depth as they still remained in contention for a playoff position. The team finished the 2013 season three games out of the International League’s wild card spot.

Allenson spoke of the pressures he’ll face to both win but also develop players that can head north to Toronto when needed.

“In the minor leagues we like to win, but you’ve got to develop players too,” he said. “That’s why you leave Sean Nolin in a game when he’s in a jam in the sixth inning, because you want to see him work out of it.

“It’s different in every game. You have your guys who are prospects out there that you know you’re going to leave out there. If it comes down to whether you’re going to develop a player or winning at the minor level, and you have to choose between one or the other, you’re going to develop the prospect.”

He will also face the task of replacing the popular Marty Brown, who resigned from the Bisons in late December. Brown is beloved by Buffalo baseball fans and was the skipper during the team’s last league championship back in 2004.

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