Razor Shines

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Anthony Razor Shines

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Biographical Information[edit]

With perhaps one of the most unique names in baseball history, and despite having played in only a few games in the majors, the star-struck Razor Shines (who was trying to catch on with the Pittsburgh Pirates during spring training in 1990) was asked what it's like playing in the Major Leagues -- to which he loudly and enthusiastically replied with a broad smile: "My mama's so proud of me. I'm a Major Leaguer!"

His entire major league career was with the Montreal Expos. He saw most of his action with the team in 1985, when he played 47 games, mainly as a pinch-hitter, but hit only .120 with no extra-base hits. He did pitch one scoreless inning in a blowout loss that year, however. He was a jack-of-all-trades on the field, as he was drafted as a catcher and caught some games in the middle of his minor league career. He made his debut in 1983 as an outfielder, played mostly first base in the majors, and also saw time at third base. He was a great hitter in the minors, especially during his numerous seasons with the Indianapolis Indians, but played only sporadically in the majors and was unable to land a regular job.

In 1990, Shines played for the Sun City Rays of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He played in 10 games and was batting .270 with 2 home runs and 12 RBI when the league folded.

Shines was a coach for Indianapolis in 1993. After managing in the minors for several seasons, Shines was named Chicago White Sox third base coach for the 2007 season. He was let go after the season and became skipper of the Clearwater Threshers in the Philadelphia Phillies organizations. In 2009, he became the third base coach of the New York Mets through 2010. In 2012, then became the hitting coach for the Great Lakes Loons.

Shines' son Devin Shines played in the Los Angeles Dodgers' chain in 2011-2013.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1995 Charleston Alley Cats South Atlantic League 77-65 6th Cincinnati Reds
2001 Kannapolis Intimidators South Atlantic League 76-63 4th Chicago White Sox
2002 Winston-Salem Warthogs Carolina League 50-90 4th/4th Chicago White Sox
2003 Winston-Salem Warthogs Carolina League 71-67 1st/3rd Chicago White Sox League Champs
2004 Birmingham Barons Southern League 73-66 3rd/1st Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round
2005 Birmingham Barons Southern League 82-57 2nd/1st Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round
2006 Charlotte Knights International League 79-62 1st Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round
2008 Clearwater Threshers Florida State League 64-76 9th Philadelphia Phillies
2013 Great Lakes Loons Midwest League 67-72 9th Los Angeles Dodgers Lost in 1st round
2014 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League 61-77 8th Los Angeles Dodgers Lost League Finals
2015 Tulsa Drillers Texas League 62-77 6th Los Angeles Dodgers

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