|Pitching Coach / Pitcher|
November 10, 1954 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 16, 1977 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 5, 1989 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Earned run average||3.64|
|Career highlights and awards|
Robert William "Bob" Stanley (born November 10, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher who played with the Boston Red Sox. He is currently the pitching coach for the Buffalo Bisons of the International League. He is perhaps best known for his wild pitch that allowed the tying run to score in Game 6 of the 1986 World Seires.
Stanley was a first-round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1974 and played his entire 13-year career, 1977-89, with the team. A sinker ball specialist, Stanley was the club all-time saves leader with 132 until Jonathan Papelbon passed him on July 1, 2009, but to most Red Sox fans, he is simply known as "The Steamer" (he is also known as "Bigfoot"). He is also the all-time leader in appearances with 637 and is a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame since 2000. His best season came in 1983 when he led the Sox with 33 saves and posted a 2.45 ERA.
Stanley was a key member of the 1986 Red Sox team that came within one strike of winning the World Series but ultimately fell to the Mets in seven games. Stanley entered Game 6 with the Red Sox one out away from clinching their first World Series since 1918. But his wild pitch to Mookie Wilson allowed the Mets to tie the score and then New York won it on Bill Buckner's error. Stanley failed to cover first on the play.
On September 25, 1989, Stanley announced his retirement. He compiled a 115-97 career-record with 693 strikeouts, a 3.64 ERA, 21 complete games, seven shutouts, 132 saves, and 1707 innings in 637 games (85 as a starter).
On December 23, 2011, Stanley was announced as the pitching coach for the Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas 51s. On January 7, 2013, the Blue Jays announced that Stanley would be the pitching coach for their new Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons.
Stanley lives in the Seacoast region of southern New Hampshire. On April 4, 2011, he was named President of the Seacoast Mavericks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL). The Mavs are owned and operated by Dave Hoyt, who owns and operates USA Training Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where Stanley gives lessons on a part-time basis. On June 10, 2011, Stanley threw out the first pitch to inaugurate the Martha's Vineyard Sharks of the FCBL.
- Twice All-Star (1979, 1983)
- Twice Top 10 Cy Young Award (7th, 1978; 7th, 1982)
- 3-time led the Major Leagues in relief innings (1981–83)
- Set an American League record in relief innings (168.1, 1982)
- Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame
- 1986 World Series
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins
- List of Major League Baseball all-time saves leaders
- Dewey, Todd (23 December 2011). "Stanley put in charge of 51s pitchers". Las Vegas Review-Journal (Las Vegas). Retrieved 12 March 2012.
- "Stanley, Nunnally added as coaches". January 7, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)