Razor Shines Explained

Razor Shines
Bats:Both
Throws:Right
Birth Date:18 July 1956
Birth Place:Durham, North Carolina
Debutdate:September 9
Debutyear:1983
Debutteam:Montreal Expos
Finaldate:May 14
Finalyear:1987
Finalteam:Montreal Expos
Stat1label:At bats
Stat1value:81
Stat2label:Hits
Stat2value:15
Stat3label:Runs batted in
Stat3value:5
Teams:As player

As Coach

Anthony Razor Shines[1] [2] (born July 18, 1956 in Durham, North Carolina) is a retired baseball player who played first base for the Montreal Expos for four seasons, from 1983–1985 and 1987. He also served as a base coach for the New York Mets from 2009 to 2010.

Playing career

Shines had a significant career in the minor leagues, where he spent parts of sixteen seasons.[3] He spent the majority of nine seasons with the Indianapolis Indians,[3] and he became a local legend and fan favorite within the city of Indianapolis.[4] His minor league career also included stops in Memphis with the Memphis Chicks, in the Mexican League[5] and in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization with the Buffalo Bisons. He later became a minor league manager, where he managed the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League and the Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League.

On May 16, 2006, the Indians honored Shines, who was managing the visiting Charlotte Knights, with a "Razor Shines Night". This kind of honor, for a player of an opposing team, is quite rare in minor league baseball. Shines kept his residence in Indianapolis during his playing years and for a few years afterwards. After retirement, he began his coaching career there at a local baseball academy and at Bishop Chatard High School.[4]

In four Major League seasons with the Montreal Expos he played in 68 games and had 81 at bats, 15 hits, one double, five RBI, one stolen base, five walks, a .185 batting average, .239 on-base percentage, .198 slugging percentage, 16 total bases and one sacrifice fly. He also pitched an inning in a blowout loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1985.[6]

Coaching and managing career

Shines has over 500 wins as a minor league manager.[7]

In 2007, he was back in Major League Baseball, coaching at third base for the Chicago White Sox.

On December 12, 2007, Shines was named manager of the Phillies single-A Clearwater Threshers team. He managed the Threshers to a 64-76 record in 2008.

Shines served as the first base coach for the New York Mets for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2011 he was replaced by Mookie Wilson. In 2012 he is the hitting coach for the Great Lakes Loons,the A team of the L.A. Dodgers.

Personal

His son, Devin, played baseball for the Cowboys at Oklahoma State and was drafted by the L.A.Dodgers.[8]

Shines became a spokesman for Aquafina water during the 2009 season and was featured on its website as "The 3rd Base Coach of Life." Visitors to the site could ask yes or no questions and receive "advice" from Shines.[9]

Notes and References

  1. Web site: Razor Shines. 2008-06-04. Retrosheet.
  2. Web site: Razor Shines: The best name in baseball. London. Mike. 2001. 2008-06-04. Salisbury Post.
  3. Web site: Razor Shines Statistics. 2008-06-06. The Baseball Cube.
  4. Web site: In honor of Minor League cult figures. Winston. Lisa. 2006-05-19. 2008-06-06. Minor League Baseball.
  5. News: Bob. DiCesare. Razor's Outlook Shines Despite Move to Mexico. The Buffalo News. 1990-05-02. 2008-06-06. subst:.
  6. Web site: April 30, 1985 Montreal Expos at Philadelphia Phillies Box Score and Play by Play. 2008-06-06. Sports Reference, LLC.
  7. White Sox name Anthony "Razor" Shines third base coach and Joey Cora bench coach. Chicago White Sox. 2008-06-10. 2006-10-31.
  8. Web site: Devin Shines, Oklahoma State Cowboys Baseball Roster. 2010-02-15.
  9. Web site: 3rd Base Coach of Life. 2009-08-09.