Buffalo (WKBW/Bisons Release) The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame announced today that former Bisons manager ERIC WEDGE, former Bisons outfielder GREG TUBBS and long-time Buffalo-area scout BOB MISKE have been elected to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.
Wedge, Tubbs and Miske will be formally inducted during special Hall of Fame ceremonies before the Bisons fridaynightbash!® on July 11 against the Durham Bulls (7:05 p.m.).
The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame now has 91 members.
Eric Wedge managed for two seasons in Buffalo, leading the Bisons to the International League playoffs in both 2001 and 2002. His first Bisons club set a modern era record with 91 wins (91-51) and won an IL North Division title by 13.5 games. The 2001 Bisons were amazingly consistent, losing more than two games in a row just once during the span of a 142-game campaign. Wedge’s 2002 Bisons went 87-57 and qualified for the playoffs as the IL’s Wild Card team. After a first round sweep of division-winning Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Bisons fell in the 2002 Governors’ Cup finals to the Durham Bulls.
In his two seasons combined, Wedge was 178-108 for a modern-era best .622 winning percentage. He was also the manager of the International League at the 2002 All-Star Game.
Following the 2002 season, Wedge was hired as the manager of the Cleveland Indians. In his seven years with the Tribe, 2003-2009, Wedge posted a 561-573 record. He was named 2007 American League Manager of the Year for leading the Indians to a 96-66 record and an AL Central Division Title. Cleveland lost in seven games in the ALCS to the eventual World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.
From 2011-2013, Wedge managed the Seattle Mariners to a 213-273 record. In his 10 MLB seasons combined, Wedge won 774 games as a manager.
Wedge is the third manager in the Bisons modern era to be inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame, joining Terry Collins (1992) and Brian Graham (2008).
Greg Tubbs played three years with the Bisons, 1991-1992 and 1994. In 364 games, the outfielder hit .283 (370-1,307) with 60 doubles, 19 triples, 12 home runs, 121 RBI and 67 stolen bases. He’s third in the modern era in total hits (370) and is one of only two Bisons players since 1985 to have 100+ hits in three separate seasons.
Tubbs first joined the Bisons in 1991 and led the Herd in runs scored (71), triples (11) and stolen bases (34) while hitting .273. The 11 triples in that campaign tied for the American Association lead and are still the fourth most in a single season by a Bisons hitter. In 1992, Tubbs led the Bisons with a .282 average while hitting 32 extra-base hits and stealing 20 more bases. After spending the 1993 season in the Cincinnati Reds organization, Tubbs returned to Buffalo in 1994 to hit .282 with 22 doubles, 45 RBI and 13 stolen bases in his final professional season.
Originally drafted by the Braves in the 22nd round of the 1984 June Amateur Draft, Tubbs played 11 combined seasons in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh’s and Cincinnati’s farm systems. In 1,243 minor league games, the outfielder hit .285 with 1,267 hits and 262 stolen bases. Tubbs made his Major League debut with the Reds in 1993 and hit .186 (11-59) with a home run and two RBI in 35 career games.
Amherst-native Bob Miske is entering his 50th season as a pro scout, having worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners organizations.
Miske began his career with the Dodgers in 1964 and spent 30 years with Los Angeles. During his career, he received two World Series rings for the Dodgers’ championships in 1981 and 1988. He then spent eight years with the Yankees from 1994-2001 where he received his third World Series ring for New York’s 1998 title. After seven years with the Mariners, 2002-2008, Miske returned to the Yankees in 2009. This year is his 13 season working for the Yankees and his 50th overall in the game of baseball.
Miske is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Scouts Hall of Fame (2000), the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame (2010), the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame (2000) and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame (2004). Miske was a 1961 graduate of the University of Buffalo where he was captain of the baseball team (1959-1960) and MVP of the basketball team (1960, 1961). He was an Eastern College Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete in 1961 and was inducted in the UB Hall of Fame in 1984.
Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame Committee
The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame committee is charged with the task of screening all candidates eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame and to select for induction such persons who have made a significant contribution to Buffalo professional baseball, or such Western New Yorkers who have made a meaningful contribution to professional baseball generally.
The committee is comprised of Tom Burns, Bob Dicesare, Mike Harrington, Kevin Lester, Duke McGuire, Bob Miske, John Murphy and Pete Weber.