PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates, switching their top minor league farm club for the third time in three seasons, announced Wednesday they have signed a working agreement for 1988 with Buffalo of the Triple-A American Association.
Pirates General Manager Syd Thrift cited Buffalo's location to Pittsburgh and the city's new 19,500-seat stadium as the primary reasons for the switch. The Pirates had been affiliated with Pacific Coast League teams since 1979: Vancouver this season, Hawaii from 1983 through 1986 and Portland from 1979 through 1982.
The Bisons will play in $59-million Pilot Field, which is currently under construction in downtown Buffalo.
Buffalo was affiliated with the Chicago White Sox in 1985 and 1986 and with the Cleveland Indians this season. The Pirates had a working agreement with Buffalo from 1979 through 1982, when the Bisons played in the Double-A Eastern League.