Mike Stanley

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Mike Stanley
Catcher
Born: (1963-06-25) June 25, 1963 (age 51)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 24, 1986 for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 2000 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .270
Home runs 187
Runs batted in 702
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Robert Michael Stanley (born June 25, 1963) is a former American college and professional baseball player who was a catcher in Major League Baseball for fifteen years. Stanley played college baseball for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Texas Rangers (1986–1991), New York Yankees (1992–1995, 1997), Boston Red Sox (1996–1997, 1998–2000), Toronto Blue Jays (1998) and Oakland Athletics (2000). Stanley was a 1995 American League All-Star, won the 1993 Silver Slugger award at catcher, and was a member of the Yankees' 1995 Wild-card team and the Athletics' 2000 AL Western Division Championship team.

Stanley was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1963. He received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Jack Rhine and coach Joe Arnold's Florida Gators baseball team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1982 to 1985. Stanley primarily played catcher for the Gators, but sometimes played first and third base, and also served as the Gators' designated hitter periodically. He received Southeastern Conference (SEC) All-Tournament honors in 1982, and 1984 and 1985, and was a member of the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team in 1985. While Stanley was a Gator, the team won SEC regular season and SEC tournament championships in both 1982 and 1984. He remains the Gators' career record holder for runs scored and runs batted in (RBIs).

Stanley hit more than twenty home runs in a season three times during his career. His best all-around season at the plate came in 1993 with the Yankees, when he hit .305 with twenty-six homers and eighty-four RBI. He also hit .300 in 1994, and he notched a career-high twenty-nine homers in 1998.

Stanley became a first baseman/designated hitter at the end of his career. He finished as a .270 career hitter with 187 homers, 702 RBI and a .370 career on-base percentage. Stanley also hit well in the postseason, recording a .356 batting average and .434 on-base percentage in five postseason series. Stanley was one of the players involved in the only Yankees/Red Sox trade in the last quarter-century, as of 2012.[1]

As a Ranger, Stanley caught the last of Nolan Ryan's seven career no-hitters on May 1, 1991.[2]

Following his retirement as a player, Stanley was hired to serve as bench coach for the Red Sox during the 2002 season. He resigned after the season to spend more time with his family.

Stanley now lives in Maitland, Florida. He and his wife Erin have four children: Tanner, Ryan, Jenna and Jake. His son Tanner played for the Maitland team in the 2005 Little League World Series; one of Tanner's teammates, Dante Bichette, Jr., was the son of former major-leaguer (Dante Bichette).

Stanley currently serves as an assistant baseball coach for the Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida.

In 2008 Stanley attended Yankees Old Timers Day for the first time.[3]

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