Buffalo Bisons pitching coach Bob Stanley, a long-time hurler with the Boston Red Sox, was promoted back to the big leagues Saturday as the parent Toronto Blue Jays named him their bullpen coach for the 2014 season. The Bisons thus now need both a manager and pitching coach for next season.
Stanley replaces former Toronto Cy Young winner Pat Hengten, who asked for reassignment within the organization to help tend for his ailing father. Stanley, 59, was the Jays’ Triple-A pitching coach for the last two seasons under manager Marty Brown, in 2012 at Las Vegas and last year in the Bisons’ inaugural year as a Toronto affiliate.
Brown left the Toronto organization just before Christmas, announcing he will not return as Bisons’ manager after getting bypassed for the first-base coach job in Toronto that went to former Buffalo utility man Tim Leiper. It’s expected that the Blue Jays will name replacements for Brown and Stanley in the next couple of weeks.
Buffalo pitchers compiled a 4.16 earned run average under Stanley last season, which was 12th in the 14-team International League. But Bisons pitchers issued the fewest walks in the league and the bullpen was fifth in saves.