"I feel like I'm very lucky to be in one place such a long time," Stokes told The Camden Chronicle-Independent. "The people have been real good to me while I've been here. I've been lucky to have had really good coaches in the years that I've been here and, I've had some really good players. You put all that together, stay in it long enough and, you'll eventually get to 300 wins."
Stokes got to those 300 wins as a coach after a brief career in the pros as a player. Stokes pitched two seasons in the Tigers organization. He never made AA.
Stokes' career began in 1990, signed by the Tigers as an undrafted free agent out of Costal Carolina University.
At Costal Carolina, Stokes picked up 10 wins in 1988 and 11 in 1990. He also recorded 103 strikeouts in 1990. He gave up seven hits in an April 1990 12-1 win.
Stokes played his first season with the Tigers between rookie Bristol and single-A Fayetteville. He picked up one win in 22 relief outings. He also ended with a 1.98 ERA.
He then played all of 1991 at Fayetteville. He gave up a late single in a May game. Overall, in 38 outings, two starts, Stokes recorded a 3-3 record, with a 4.22 ERA to end his career.
Stokes then went on to a career as a coach and as a teacher. He teaches physical education at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School and serves as athletic director at the high school.
In April 2017, Stokes told The Chronicle-Independent of his advice to his fielders late in a game.
"I just told our kids to not let a ball get over their heads; give up a single but don’t give up a double or triple," he told the paper.
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