Niagara Gazette

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January 17, 2014

Bisons introduce new manager Allenson

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Niagara Gazette — Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopolous, who appeared in Buffalo and spoke to media after Allenson’s remarks, said it quickly became clear to the team that promoting Allenson to replace Brown made the most sense.

“Having someone that’s been at this level, that’s won at this level, that’s been at the big league level and can get the respect of the players, it was nice to have an in-house candidate,” said Anthopolous. “It was a pretty easy decision.”

Before he was a manager and coach, Allenson was a catcher who spent six seasons in the American League, with the Boston Red Sox from 1979 to 1984 and then for 14 games with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1985. 

In a town and region where Red Sox Nation’s numbers are growing, and are feeling more openly confident following a third World Series title since 2004, does Allenson still have a soft spot in his heart for the team that gave him his big league break?

“I don’t care about that anymore. I’m with the Blue Jays.”

A Blue Jay, now by way of the Bisons.

Follow Niagara Gazette sports editor Michael Mroziak on Twitter at @MrozGazette.

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