Mike Stenhouse

Michael Steven Stenhouse (born May 29, 1958 in Pueblo, Colorado) is a former outfielder, first baseman, and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Montreal Expos from 1982-1984, the Minnesota Twins in 1985, and the Boston Red Sox in 1986.[1][2] Stenhouse is the CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a public policy think tank.[3][4] Listed at 6'1", 195 lb., Stenhouse batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He is the son of pitcher Dave Stenhouse.

A star in high school, Mike turned down opportunities at some of the top baseball colleges, including Arizona State University, in order to attend Harvard.[5] He played three seasons for the school's baseball program (1977–1979)[6] and was a two time All-Ivy Leaguer and hit .475 as a freshman in 1977, second-best in NCAA Division I. He was an American Baseball Coaches Association All-American, joining Kirk Gibson, Hubie Brooks and Bob Horner.

He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the 26th overall pick of the 1979 Major League Baseball Draft. He was offered only $12,000 by Charlie Finley and opted to return to college when the commissioner's office refused to make him a free agent. Finley later offered the same amount of money with the stipulation of a September call-up, but Mike backed out when this was not put in writing. Stenhouse was selected fourth overall in the 1980 January draft by the Montreal Expos. He signed for a $32,000 bonus this time.[7]

He was called up for the first time in 1982, striking out in his only at bat. After two sub-par seasons, he was traded by the Expos to the Minnesota Twins for Jack O'Connor. There he had career highs in games played (81), at bats (179), runs (23) hits (40), home runs (5), RBI (21), stolen bases (1), walks (29), and batting average (.223). That December he was traded by the Twins to the Boston Red Sox for Charlie Mitchell.[8] In his final major league season he went 2 for 21 (.095), but walked 12 times and had an on-base percentage of .424.

In 1996, Stenhouse was an announcer for the Expos on CIQC. He had previously been an analyst for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Mike Stenhouse
Born: May 29, 1958 (age 61)
Pueblo, Colorado
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
October 3, 1982, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
July 23, 1986, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics

See also


  1. ^ "Mike Stenhouse's file". PolitiFact. Providence Journal. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Mike Stenhouse Stats". Baseball Almanac. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  3. ^ Perrault, Denise (January 8, 2011). "Mike Stenhouse: Too much taxing, regulation making state uncompetitive". Providence Business News. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  4. ^ Nadalin, Christy (March 13, 2014). "Hunger games". East Bay RI. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  5. ^ Toobin, Jeffrey (November 6, 1979). "Mike Stenhouse Meets Charles O. Finley". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Harvard University Baseball Players Who Made It to the Major Leagues". Baseball-Almanac.com. Archived from the original on April 27, 2004. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  7. ^ Allen, Scott (July 20, 2011). "How the Original Donruss Rated Rookies Turned Out". Mental Floss. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Twins, Bosox swing deal". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. 13 December 1985. p. 2B. Retrieved 2 June 2010.

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1978 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.From 1947 to 1980, the American Baseball Coaches Association was the only All-American selector recognized by the NCAA.

1979 Major League Baseball draft

The 1979 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held on June 5–7, 1979, via conference call.

1982 Montreal Expos season

The 1982 Montreal Expos season was the 14th season in franchise history. They finished 86-76, 6 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League East.

1983 Montreal Expos season

The 1983 Montreal Expos season was the 15th season in franchise history. They finished 82-80, 8 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. At the end of the season, the Expos had managed the best cumulative winning percentage in the National League from 1979 to 1983.

1984 Montreal Expos season

The 1984 Montreal Expos season was the 16th season in franchise history. They recorded 78 wins during the 1984 season and finished in fifth place in the National League East. A managerial change occurred as Bill Virdon was replaced by Jim Fanning. The highlight of the Expos season was the acquisition of Pete Rose. After being benched in the 1983 World Series, Rose left the Phillies and signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Expos. He garnered his 4,000th hit with the team on April 13, 1984 against the Phillies, being only the second player to do so.

1985 Minnesota Twins season

The 1985 Minnesota Twins finished with a record of 77-85, tied for fourth in the American League West, and 14 games behind the division winner and eventual World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

1985 Montreal Expos season

The 1985 Montreal Expos season was the 17th season in franchise history.

1986 Boston Red Sox season

The 1986 Boston Red Sox season was the 86th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 66 losses. After defeating the California Angels in the ALCS, the Red Sox lost the World Series to the New York Mets in seven games.

American Association (20th century) Most Valuable Player Award

The American Association Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) was an annual award given to the best player in minor league baseball's American Association. In 1929, Billy Rogell won the first ever American Association MVP Award. In 1997, Magglio Ordóñez won the final American Association MVP Award.

First basemen, with 18 winners, have won the most among infielders and all positions, followed by third baseman and shortstops (7) and second basemen (4). Three catchers also won the award. Sixteen outfielders have won the MVP award. A total of eight pitchers have won the MVP Award. The last pitcher to win was Jack Smith in 1962. In 1969, the American Association established a Most Valuable Pitcher Award.

Eleven players from the Denver Bears/Zephyrs have been selected for the MVP Award, more than any other team in the league, followed by the Indianapolis Indians (9); the Wichita Aeros (7); the Minneapolis Millers (6); the Milwaukee Brewers and Omaha Royals (4); the Louisville Colonels, Oklahoma City 89ers, St. Paul Saints, and Toledo Mud Hens (3); the Columbus Red Birds and Kansas City Blues (2); and the Charleston Senators, Fort Worth Cats, Iowa Cubs, Nashville Sounds, Omaha Dodgers, and Tulsa Oilers (1).

Six players each from the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball (MLB) organizations have won the MVP Award, more than any others, followed by the Montreal Expos organization (5), the Boston/Milwaukee Braves, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Senators/Texas Rangers organizations (4), the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Giants, and New York Yankees organizations (3), the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Browns organizations (2), and the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations (1). Five players came from unaffiliated teams.

Chatham Anglers

The Chatham Anglers, more commonly referred to as the Chatham A's and formerly the Chatham Athletics, are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Chatham, Massachusetts. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) and plays in the league's Eastern Division. Chatham plays its home games at historic Veteran's Field, the team's home since 1923, in the town of Chatham on the Lower Cape. The A's have been operated by the non-profit Chatham Athletic Association since 1963. The team was formerly known as the Chatham Athletics but changed its nickname to "Anglers" for the 2009 season in response to a licensing agreement between the CCBL and Major League Baseball.

Chatham has won five CCBL championships, most recently in 1998, when they defeated the Wareham Gatemen in the championship series. The team has been led since 2017 by former Oklahoma State University field manager Tom Holliday.

Cranston High School East

Cranston High School East, often called East, Cranston East, or abbreviated as CHSE, is a comprehensive high school located in the central part of Cranston, Rhode Island, with over 1,500 students in grades 9-12 and 150+ faculty members. The school mascot is the Thunderbolt, and its colors are green and white.

Cranston High School East is housed in two buildings, the main building at 899 Park Avenue and the William A. Briggs Building located at 845 Park Avenue, which is where the school was originally housed. The Briggs building is home to the administrative offices of Cranston Public Schools, and also served as a Junior High School in the early part of the 20th century.

Cranston East was the first high school in Cranston; before Cranston West opened in 1958, the school was called simply Cranston High.

Dave Stenhouse

David Rotchford Stenhouse (born September 12, 1933) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Washington Senators from 1962 to 1964. Stenhouse batted and threw right-handed.

Stenhouse attended Westerly High School, where he was captain of the school's basketball team; he was named Rhode Island athlete of the year after the 1950–51 season. Stenhouse played college baseball for the University of Rhode Island, and was an amateur free agent signing of the Chicago Cubs in 1955. He spent four years in the Cubs' farm system. His best year came in 1956 with the Lafayette Oilers, when he had a 16-4 win-loss record and a 1.92 earned run average (ERA) in 26 games. After the 1958 season, the Cincinnati Redlegs picked him up from the Cubs' farm system. He spent two years with the Seattle Rainiers and one with the Jersey City Jerseys, finishing with a 39-37 record over the course of those three seasons.On December 15, 1961, Stenhouse and Bob Schmidt were traded to the Washington Senators for Johnny Klippstein and Marty Keough. He made the team's opening day roster, and through the first half of the season had a 6-3 record and was near the American League lead in ERA. As a result, the rookie was selected to the 1962 All-Star Game. Stenhouse finished the year with an 11-12 record and a 3.65 ERA in 34 games. He followed that up with a 3-9 record and a 4.55 ERA in 16 games in 1963, and a 2-7 record and a 4.81 ERA in 1964.Stenhouse spent the rest of his professional career in the minor leagues, spending 1965 with the York White Roses and 1965 to 1967 with the Hawaii Islanders before retiring. After his professional playing days were over, Stenhouse coached the Brown University baseball team from 1981 to 1990. His son, outfielder Mike Stenhouse, went on to play Major League Baseball as well.

Harvard Crimson baseball

The Harvard Crimson baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball team of Harvard University, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The program has been a member of the Ivy League since the conference officially began sponsoring baseball at the start of the 1993 season. The team plays at Joseph J. O'Donnell Field, located across the Charles River from Harvard's main campus. Bill Decker has been the program's head coach since the 2013 season.

The program has appeared in four College World Series and 14 NCAA Tournaments. It has won five Ivy League Championship Series, eight Rolfe Division titles, 15 EIBL regular season titles, and 12 Ivy League regular season titles.

As of the start of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, 12 former Crimson players have appeared in Major League Baseball.

List of Montreal Expos broadcasters

Broadcasters for the Montreal Expos Major League Baseball team.

List of Oakland Athletics first-round draft picks

The Oakland Athletics (the A's) are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Oakland, California. They play in the American League West division. The Athletics had played in Philadelphia from 1901 to 1954 and then Kansas City from 1955 to 1967 before moving to Oakland. Since the establishment of the Rule 4 Draft the Athletics have selected 77 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.Of these 80 players, 36 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 27 of these were right-handed, while 9 were left-handed. Fifteen outfielders, including one center fielder, and 13 shortstops were selected. The A's have also drafted six catchers, five third basemen, four first basemen, and one second baseman in the first round. Additionally, 23 players came from high schools or universities in the A's home state of California, followed by 10 from Texas and Florida. They also drafted Ariel Prieto in 1995, who had defected from Cuba the year before. Prieto made his major league debut in 1995, one of 20 players in draft history to go directly to the majors without playing in the minor leagues.Three Athletics' first-round picks have won championships with the franchise. Reggie Jackson (1966) won World Series titles with the team in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Mark McGwire (1984) and Walt Weiss (1985) won with the 1989 championship team. Four A's first-round picks have gone on to win the Rookie of the Year Award: McGwire in 1987, Weiss in 1988, Ben Grieve (1994) in 1998, and Huston Street (2004) in 2005. Jackson also won a Most Valuable Player award in 1973, and Barry Zito (1999) won a Cy Young Award in 2002, making them the A's only picks to win these awards. Reggie Jackson, elected in 1993, is their only pick in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Although eligible McGwire has not been elected despite over 500 career home runs and briefly holding the single-season home run record (70). Some see McGwire's exclusion as a sign that the Hall is hesitant to elect players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs as McGwire was suspected of steroid use (he later admitted his use in 2010). The Athletics have made nineteen selections in the supplemental round of the draft and have made the first overall selection once: in the first draft in 1965.The Athletics have failed to sign three first-round draft picks, although they did not receive a compensation pick for any of them. The first such player not signed was Pete Broberg in 1968. The A's also failed to sign both of their draft picks in 1979, Juan Bustabad and Mike Stenhouse. The Athletics have had ten compensatory picks overall since the first draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year.

Muzzy Field

Muzzy Field is a stadium in Bristol, Connecticut adjacent to Rockwell Park. It has been in use since 1912 for both baseball and football. The brick-faced grandstand, with a capacity of 4,900 people, was built in 1939. It features a ring of tall pine trees that line the outside of the outfield wall and the grandstand.

Muzzy Field hosts high school sports, primarily baseball and football. Three high schools use the field: Bristol Central High School, Bristol Eastern High School, and Saint Paul Catholic High School. Muzzy Field is the site of the football "Battle for the Bell" between Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central, held every Thanksgiving morning, with the winner claiming the bell for the following year.

In summer, Muzzy Field hosts collegiate baseball teams: since 2015, the Bristol Blues of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League; and formerly, the Bristol Collegiate Baseball Club (2010) and the Bristol Nighthawks (1994-1995), both of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Ocean State Policy Research Institute

Ocean State Policy Research Institute (OSPRI) was free market-oriented, Rhode Island-based think tank that was active from July 2007 until July 2011. The group's stated mission was to "craft sound public policy based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and traditional American values". OSPRI's CEO was former major league baseball player Mike Stenhouse. After OSPRI was dissolved, Stenhouse and several members of OSPRI's board of directors went on to found another think tank, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity.

Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity

The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity (RICFP) is a public policy think tank located in Rhode Island that seeks to advance free market ideas. According to the organization, it "is dedicated to providing concerned citizens, the media, and public officials with empirical research data, while also advancing free-market solutions to public policy issues in the state."RICFP is headed by former major league baseball player Mike Stenhouse. Stenhouse formerly ran the Ocean State Policy Research Institute, a Rhode Island think tank that ceased operations in 2011.The organization is active in policy areas including tax policy, business climate, health care, pension reform and job growth. In June 2012, the organization issued a report arguing that Rhode Island should eliminate its 7-percent tax to stimulate the state’s struggling economy. RICFP later worked with Democratic state legislator Jan Malik on tax reduction proposals in the Rhode Island Legislature. The organization publishes government transparency data, including municipal and school district spending as well as public employee compensation.

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