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The Buffalo Bisons play their home opener against the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field (now Sahlen Field) in Buffalo on April 4, 2013.

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The Buffalo Bisons will remain the Toronto Blue Jays’ top minor-league affiliate after accepting Major League Baseball’s invitation to be a member of its new Professional Development League System.

The Bisons signed a 10-year player development licence agreement with MLB on Friday and will compete in a new 20-team league temporarily called Triple-A East that takes over for the former International League. It is one of two triple-A leagues.

The Bisons are entering their ninth year as a partner of the Blue Jays.

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MLB revamped its minor-league system this off-season, reducing the number of teams.

Buffalo’s Sahlen Field served as home of the Blue Jays for the 2020 season because of COVID-19 border restrictions.

The Vancouver Canadians, the Blue Jays’ lone Canadian affiliate, are in the six-team High A West.

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