"Aligning with the Blue Jays not only gives the Bisons a great regional partner, but also aligns us with one of the top minor league systems in all of baseball," said Bob Rich Jr., President/Owner of the Bisons. "Toronto has a well-documented commitment to developing exciting young talent throughout their farm system."
The Toronto Blue Jays had their Triple-A squad at Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League for the last four seasons. In 2012, the 51s finished 15 games over .500 at 79-64, the 5th-best record in the PCL. Las Vegas ranked 2nd in the league with a .298 team batting average.
From 1978-2008, Syracuse was the home of the Blue Jays' top minor league club. It was Toronto's only other Triple-A affiliate in the franchise's history.
The Bisons partnered with the Chicago White Sox during the team's first two years at Triple-A, After a single season with the Cleveland Indians in 1987, the Bisons aligned themselves with the Pittsburgh Pirates to coincide with the opening of then-Pilot Field. Buffalo and Pittsburgh were together for seven seasons before the Bisons joined up with the Indians in 1995. The Herd and the Tribe were partners for 14 seasons, 1995-2008. The Bisons then affiliated with the New York Mets for four seasons from 2009-2012.