Bob Stanley (baseball)

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Robert William "Bob" Stanley (born November 10, 1954) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox. He was the pitching coach for the Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, though the 2018 season.[1]

Bob Stanley
1978 Boston Red Sox Photocards Bob Stanley.jpg
Born: (1954-11-10) November 10, 1954 (age 66)
Portland, Maine
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1977, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 5, 1989, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record115–97
Earned run average3.64
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

Stanley attended Kearny High School in Kearny, New Jersey where he earned All-star honors as a pitcher-shortstop and pitched a perfect game in the N.J. championship tourney in 1973.[2]

Playing careerEdit

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 team's all-time saves leader, a record he held for 20 years, until Jonathan Papelbon tied him at 132 saves on June 29, 2009 and then passed him on July 1, 2009.[3] He is also the Red Sox all-time leader in appearances with 637, relief wins, 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 Game 6 on Bill Buckner's fielding error that allowed Ray Knight to score from second base. Stanley and the Red Sox would return to Shea Stadium for Game 7, in which the New York Mets would ultimately be victorious by a score of 8-5.

In 1987, Stanley was converted to a starter for the first time since 1979. He went 4-15 with 67 strikeouts and a 5.01 ERA.

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).

Stanley is the only player in major league history born in Maine to be named to an All-Star game.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

Prior to joining the Blue Jays, Stanley served as a minor league pitching coach in the New York Mets' and San Francisco Giants' organizations, including service with the Connecticut Defenders, the Giants' Double-A Eastern League affiliate.

On December 23, 2011, Stanley was announced as the pitching coach for the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s.[5] On January 7, 2013, Toronto announced that Stanley would be the pitching coach for their new Triple-A farm club, the Buffalo Bisons.[6]

Almost a year later, on January 4, 2014, the Blue Jays announced that Stanley would be replacing Pat Hentgen as their bullpen coach.[7] On December 19, Stanley was named the pitching coach for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.[8] On January 19, 2016, Stanley was announced as returning to the Buffalo Bisons.[9] Stanley was confirmed to return for a third season as the Bisons' pitching coach on January 19, 2017.[10]


To most Red Sox fans, Stanley is known by his nicknames "the Steamer" or "Bigfoot."[11] He 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). 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)
  • On the 22nd of May, 1983, Stanley became the last major league pitcher to pitch more than 10 innings in relief.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ 1986 Topps baseball card. # 175
  3. ^ "Papelbon packs away franchise record". Boston Herald. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Dewey, Todd (23 December 2011). "Stanley put in charge of 51s pitchers". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Stanley, Nunnally added as coaches". January 7, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  7. ^ "Coaching changes". Toronto Blue Jays. January 4, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-01-05. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  8. ^ "Meacham, The Steamer Lead 2015 Field Staff". December 19, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "Allenson to return as Bisons manager". Buffalo Bisons. January 19, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Stanley, White named Bisons coaches". January 19, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  11. ^ "Bob Stanley Stats". Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  12. ^ Preston, JG. "UPDATE: Things I meant to write just after Mark Fidrych died". Retrieved 30 January 2017.

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Preceded by
Pat Hentgen
Toronto Blue Jays bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Dane Johnson