Razor Shines Explained

Razor Shines
Position:Pinch hitter/First baseman
Bats:Both
Throws:Right
Born:18 July 1956
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
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Anthony Razor Shines[1] [2] (born July 18, 1956 in Durham, North Carolina) is currently the third-base coach for the New York Mets. Shines is also a retired baseball player who played first base for the Montreal Expos for four seasons, from 1983-1985 and 1987. He 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 within the city of Indianapolis.[4] His minor league career also included stops in the Mexican League[5] and in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization with the Buffalo Bisons. Shines has since become a minor league manager, where he most recently managed 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 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]

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

In 2007, he was back in the Major Leagues 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.

On October 23, 2008, it was announced that Shines would replace Luis Aguayo as the third base coach for the New York Mets.

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:,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.