Travis James Stanton
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 230 lb.
- Schools University of Florida, Lake City Community College, University of North Florida
T.J. Stanton was a 27th round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2002 but did not sign. In 2004, he signed with the independent Winnipeg Goldeyes, going 5-5 with a 4.72 ERA. He then signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He split 2005 between the Cedar Rapids Kernels (4-4, 4 Sv, 4.62 in 35 G, .322 opponent average) and AZL Angels (0 R in 1 2/3 IP). Back in the indy leagues, he pitched in 2006 for the St. Paul Saints (5-7, 5.90), New Jersey Jackals (0-1, 6.75) and Les Capitales de Québec (1-0, Sv, 1 R in 9 IP). He spent 2007 with Les Capitales, going 5-7 with 6 saves and a 5.30 ERA but striking out 60 in 52 2/3 IP. In 2008, he went 6-4 with a 3.90 ERA for Québec.
Stanton signed with the Rouen Huskies for 2009. In his debut, he struck out 12 and allowed one run in six innings in a win over the Templiers de Sénart. He played for Rouen in the 2009 European Cup. He left France rather quickly, appearing for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the Northern League starting in June 2009. With Fargo that year, he went 4-0 with 2.25 ERA in 44 IP. He was also 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA in 2 starts for the Sussex Skyhawks that year.
Again playing for Fargo in 2010, he went 4-5 with a 4.17 ERA over 90.2 innings pitched. He was released by the club in January 2011 and signed with Les Capitales de Quebec for that season. He was 3-1 with 15 saves and a 3.57 ERA in 32 appearances. He tied Jake Hale and Jeff Gogal for second in the Canadian-American Association in saves, 7 behind Adrian Martin. In 2012, again with Quebec, he was 3-2 with 18 saves and a 1.73 ERA in 34 appearances. He was third in saves behind Jorge Vasquez and Martin. Vazquez beat him out for the nod as All-Star reliever.
Stanton was pitching coach of Les Capitales in 2013. He made a single appearance on the mound and didn't allow a run in an inning of work. In 2015 he was appointed manager of the Garden State Grays, a road team in the Can-Am Association, a rather unenviable job. The following summer, he was named manager of the Trois-Rivières Aigles in the same league, after Pete LaForest, who had led the team to a championship the previous year, had been fired and team management was unable to come to contract terms with his interim replacement, Maxime Poulin. His knowledge of the league and his ability to speak French were noted as factors that led to his appointment.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2015||Garden State Grays||Can-Am Association||13-47||8th||Independent Leagues|
|2016||Trois-Rivières Aigles||Can-Am Association||12-27||8th||Independent Leagues||Replaced Pete LaForest (13-35) and Maxime Poulin (5-3) on July 18|
|2017||Trois-Rivières Aigles||Can-Am Association||39-61||6th||Independent Leagues|
|2018||Trois-Rivières Aigles||Can-Am Association||53-49||4th||Independent Leagues||Lost in 1st round|
"A giant with a heart of gold and a rubber arm, that would be the best description of T.J. Stanton, a righthanded pitcher with a fearsome fastball." Mario Morissette, sportswriter for MédiaMatinQuébec