Rounding Out The Herd
With opening night Thursday for the Buffalo Bisons, here is the “official” opening day roster for the Mets AAA entry in the International League. With at least five major league prospects on the roster in Harvey, Familia, Valdespin, Lutz, and Nieuwenhuis, this AAA team is getting away from the image of fielding a team full of retreads every year. Perhaps this incarnation of the Herd can compete for it’s first playoff appearance since before the Mets moved there in 2009. So it is without further adieu, I present to you the 2012 AAA Buffalo Bisons.
1) Matt Harvey (RHP)
2) Jeurys Familia (RHP)
3) Chris Schwinden (RHP)
4) Jeremy Hefner (RHP)
5) Garrett Olson (LHP)
Dylan Owen (RHP)
Fernando Cabrera (RHP)
Chuck James (LHP)
Daniel Herrera (LHP)
Justin Hampson (LHP)
Jeff Stevens (RHP)
Jack Egbert (RHP)
Jenrry Mejia (RHP) D.L.
Chris Young (RHP) D.L.
Corey Wimberly D.L.
Wally Backman – Manager
Mark Brewer – Pitching Coach
George Greer – Hitting Coach
Joe Golia – Athletic Trainer
Ronald Kenyatta – Strength Coach
It’s hard to say where this team might end up this year. Of course a lot of it will depend on what happens with the big league club this season. Last year injuries to the major league team caused a mass exodus out of Buffalo and into Flushing, and it pretty much torpedoed the Bisons’ season. Hopefully this year the Mets remain healthy, and the Bisons roster remains intact. If all breaks well for this team they could make a run at the playoffs.
The Herd opened up the 2012 regular season last night in a match-up on the road with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Matt Harvey, the Mets 2010 1st-round draft pick, was slated to pitch for Buffalo.
About the Author: Peter Shapiro
The first time I went to Shea was not for a Mets game, it was for the Beatles concert there in August of '66. My first Met game was '67, a guy named Salty Parker was the interim-manager then. My first pennant race was 1969. As a 12 year-old that summer and fall, I managed to get to the park for 3 games. The first was the beginning of the Miracle which actually started on Tuesday July 8, 1969 with a day game against the Cubs. I was there a lot in '73. I saw games 3 & 5 of the 1973 NL Playoffs against the "Big Red Machine", from the upper deck behind home plate. It was from there that I witnessed the fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose, and the mayhem that ensued. And that sweet victory in game 5! I saw a couple of WS games at Shea that year against that legendary Oakland A's club. I was there in 1985 for every single game Dr. K pitched including his two 16 strikeout performances, and the day he one-hit the Cubs on an infield single and the Mets won 1-0. I loved being a Met fan in those days. Hopefully we are once again preparing to emerge from the darkness.
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