Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#359 Mike Stanley

About the Front: Mike Stanley settles under a pop-up with a proper two-handed technique.

About the Back: Stanley hit 26 home runs in a (then) career-high 491 plate appearances in 1993, more than doubling his career output in one season.

Triple Play:

1. He is a member of the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame, and is still the Gators' all-time leader in runs scored and RBI.

2. Stanley hit a career-high 29 home runs in 1998, splitting the season between Toronto and Boston.

3. In 2005, Mike coached the Maitland, FL team in the Little League World Series. The roster included both his own son Tanner and Dante Bichette, Jr., son of Mike's former Red Sox teammate.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Because it slightly predated my years as a fan, it was always odd to see card depicting Stanley as a mustache-wearing Texas Rangers catcher.

Bill James Said: "The new Stan Lopata." Unlike 1950s Philly backstop Lopata, Stanley stayed healthy beyond his breakout season and posted a 120 OPS+ in his remaining seven years, primarily as a first baseman and DH.

On This Date in 1993: January 20. Bill Clinton is inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States.

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