2006: Andy Stankiewicz joins ASU coaching staff

 Andy Stankiewicz has been named an assistant coach for Arizona State University baseball, Head Coach Pat Murphy announced today. Stankiewicz joins Turtle Thomas, who was also named to the ASU coaching staff today, as the newest members of the baseball staff.Stankiewicz spent 2005 as the manager of the Staten Island Yankees, the New York Yankees Class A affiliate. Stankiewicz led Staten Island to the 2005 NY-Penn League championship. He managed in Staten Island for two seasons before becoming the Yankees Southwest Scout this past off-season. Stankiewicz also spent two seasons as a defensive coordinator and roaming infield instructor for the Yankees minor league system, in addition to one season as the hitting instructor for the Rookie League Gulf Coast Yankees. Continue reading

1985: Lineups for Nicks and Miners

In 2015, during the first thorough cleaning of the Growden Memorial Pressbox since 1967, two pieces of paper were found lodged in a crack.  These turned out to be the lineup pages used by the North Pole Nicks broadcast team in 1985.  They contained the starting lineups for the Nicks and the visiting Mat-Su Miners.

Among the Nicks starters are major leaguers Mark Grace, Chris Donnels, Paul Faries, Randy Hennis, Alex Sanchez, Andy Stankiewicz, and Todd Ziele. Continue reading

2003: An Alaskan Pipeline to the Big Leagues

Associated Press – There were so few fans in Mulcahy Stadium that a heckler’s game-long monologue carried clear to the pitcher’s mound.

The voice cut easily through the quiet chatter of about 300 people lounging in the bleachers, watching teams made up of college players from North Carolina to Hawaii to Taiwan. The park holds 4,500 people, but the average turnout for a game is several hundred. Continue reading