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Robert William "Bob" Stanley (b. November 10, 1954) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox. He is currently the pitching coach for the Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. He is perhaps best known for his wild pitch that allowed the tying run to score in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
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 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 error. 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 December 23, 2011, Stanley was announced as the pitching coach for the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s. On January 7, 2013, Toronto announced that Stanley would be the pitching coach for their new Triple-A farm club, the Buffalo Bisons. Almost a year later, on January 4, 2014, the Blue Jays announced that Stanley would be replacing Pat Hentgen as their bullpen coach. On December 19, Stanley was named the pitching coach for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. On January 19, 2016, Stanley was announced as returning to the Buffalo Bisons.
MLB debut – April 16, 1977, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance – September 5, 1989, for the Boston Red Sox
Win–loss record 115–97
ERA – 3.64
Strikeouts – 693
Saves – 132
Boston Red Sox (1977–1989)
Career highlights and awards:
2× All-Star (1979, 1983)
Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame
Link to all of his issued baseball cards – www.tradingcarddb.com/Person.cfm/pid/5597/col/1/yea/0/Bob…
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