Greenville Drive's Teddy Stankiewicz Wins Jim Rice Award

Right-hander named Drive MVP of the Battle of the Palmetto State presented by Spinx


GREENVILLE, SC August 21, 2014 – Greenville Drive right-handed pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz has been selected by the fans as the winner of the first annual Jim Rice Award, given to the Drive’s most valuable player during the team’s Battle of the Palmetto State rivalry series presented by Spinx against the Charleston RiverDogs.

Teddy Stankiewicz - Greenville Drive

Teddy Stankiewicz
Greenville Drive

In two starts against the RiverDogs in 2014, Stankiewicz has posted a 1-0 record with a 1.64 ERA.  In 11 innings of work, he has allowed seven hits, two runs and four walks while striking out eight.

Stankiewicz will be honored in an on-field ceremony before Thursday night’s 7:05 game against the RiverDogs at Fluor Field.  He will be joined by RiverDogs shortstop Tyler Wade, the winner of the Larry Doby Award for the RiverDogs most valuable player in the series.

In 13 games against the Drive this season, Wade is hitting .373 with 13 runs, 19 hits, 12 RBI and a .441 on-base percentage.

The RiverDogs have clinched the series on the field, as they lead the 21-game series 12-5 entering Thursday night’s action.  They will receive the Battle of the Palmetto State trophy before the Drive-RiverDogs game in Charleston on Wednesday, August 27th.

“There have been a number of memorable moments between the Drive and RiverDogs during the 2014 season, and we thank The Spinx Company for their partnership on the inaugural ‘Battle of the Palmetto State’ rivalry series,” said Drive General Manager Eric Jarinko. “The cross-state rivalry between the two organizations has been enjoyable for everyone involved, and only intensifies due to being affiliates of the Red Sox and Yankees. The Drive congratulates the RiverDogs on being crowned the inaugural ‘Battle of the Palmetto State’ champion, but they shouldn’t get too cozy with that trophy. We’re confident it will call Fluor Field home following the 2015 season.”

“We’re excited and honored to be the winners of the inaugural Battle of the Palmetto State Rivalry Series presented by Spinx,” said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. “Greenville and Charleston have become natural rivals over the years in large part due to our close proximity to one another, but also because of the Yankees-Red Sox element with our respective parent clubs. This rivalry series is something fun for our players, coaches, staff and most importantly our fans.  We were hoping to win it this year, and we’re glad the trophy will be calling The Joe home for at least the next 12 months.”

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