Longtime former Boston Red Sox reliever Bob Stanley was named pitching coach of the Buffalo Bisons on Monday as the parent Toronto Blue Jays completed manager Marty Brown’s staff.
The Bisons’ hitting coach will be former big-league outfielder Jon Nunnally, who was the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians in 2010-11 and worked with Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Torey Lovullo at Triple-A Columbus in 2009.
Stanley, 58, worked with Brown last year in Las Vegas and the 51s had a 4.59 ERA for the season, the sixth-best in the 16-team Pacific Coast League. This will be Stanley’s 14th season as a minor-league pitching coach. He had previous stints in the Mets and Giants organizations, mostly in the Double-A Eastern League.
Stanley pitched all 13 years of his career in Boston and was the franchise save leader with 132 until Jonathan Papelbon passed him in 2009. But he’s best known, of course, for one that got away in Game Six of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets.
It was Stanley who threw the wild pitch past Rich Gedman that allowed Kevin Mitchell to score the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. Mookie Wilson’s roller then went through the legs of Bill Buckner to plate the winning run.
The Blue Jays have also announced Voon Chong will be the Bisons’ trainer. Armando Gutierrez will be strength and conditioning coach.
The Bisons open their season April 4 against Rochester in Coca-Cola Field.