This is my ode about the time I spent with my grandfather on Cape Cod. I hope to honor the summers we shared and the teams we rooted for by reuniting a game used bat for every Red Sox position player from 1975 to 1986. This is for you Gus!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Mike Stenhouse

When Mike Stenhouse suited up for the Red Sox in 1986 he was on the southbound slope of a career trajectory that saw him go from prospect to suspect. A top high school prospect, Stenhouse turned down scholarship offers from every major program to attend Harvard, where he made the All Ivy League Team his freshman year and found a roster spot with the Chatham A's of the vaunted Cape Cod League that summer. Drafted fourth overall by the Montreal Expos in 1980, Stenhouse worked his way up through their system and in 1983 was named Expos Minor League Player of the Year.

Stenhouse was invited to spring training with the Expos in 1984 and made the most of his opportunity by setting a team record for preseason home runs and earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. It wasn't long after that things began to unravel for Stenhouse and he was dealt to Minnesota where he quickly wore out his welcome and was moved again, this time to Boston. Stenhouse was unable to regain his hitting prowess with Boston and spent most of the 1986 season with Pawtucket. Stenhouse sums it up best in the introduction to the book Mendoza's Heroes where he writes, "The only thing I find more astonishing than someone writing a book about below .200 hitters is that I am in a book about below .200 hitters. It just wasn't supposed to end up this way."

15 bats down 68 to go.

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