Pete Stanicek

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Pete Stanicek
Left fielder/Second baseman
Born: (1963-04-18) April 18, 1963 (age 54)
Harvey, Illinois
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1987, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1988, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Batting average .243
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 26
Teams

Peter Louis Stanicek (born April 16, 1963 in Harvey, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball player. Primarily a second baseman and left fielder, Stanicek was a member of the Baltimore Orioles in 1987 and 1988. He was 5'11" (1.8 m) and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg). He was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed.

He is the brother of major leaguer Steve Stanicek. They made their big-league debuts 15 days apart in 1987.

Stanicek is an alumnus of Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois and Stanford University. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles on June 4, 1984 in the 13th round of the 1984 amateur draft, but did not sign with the team. On June 3, 1985, he was re-drafted by the Orioles in the ninth round of the 1985 amateur draft and signed with them. He spent the 1986 season with the class A Hagerstown Suns, being selected as second baseman for Carolina League's end-of-season All Star Team.[1]

He was called up to the Baltimore Orioles and batted leadoff on September 1, 1987 in a home game against the Seattle Mariners. Stanicek had one of Baltimore's two hits that night off Seattle's Scott Bankhead in a 5-0 defeat. His sixth-inning leadoff single was his first MLB hit, but he was stranded by the next three batters, brothers Billy and Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray.

Stanicek played in 30 games that fall with a batting average of .274. He began the 1988 season with Rochester, an AAA team, but was called up on April 29, 1988, after the Orioles began the season with a record-breaking 21-game losing streak. Manager Cal Ripken, Sr. was fired in the midst of it and replaced by Frank Robinson. The losing streak came to end April 29 at Comiskey Park in Chicago, with Stanicek batting leadoff and collecting two hits in a 9-0 Baltimore victory.

He came up to the Orioles as a multi-purpose man, able to play second base, third base and outfield. In 1988, he led his team in stolen bases with 12 and had a batting average of .230.

But he was plagued by injuries, and the 1990 season, which Stanicek spent between Hagerstown and Rochester in the minors, turned out to be his last in professional baseball.

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