Tony Beasley

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Anthony Wayne Beasley

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Biographical information[edit]

After playing college baseball at Liberty University, infielder Tony Beasley was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 19th round of the 1989 amateur draft. He was a Carolina League All-Star in 1990 and 1991 and played in the Orioles until September 1991, when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for infielder Tommy Shields. Overall, he hit .260 with 22 homers in eight seasons in the minors.

Once his playing career ended, Beasley became a minor league coach and manager in the Pirates organization. He was a player/coach in 1998 and was the hitting coach for the GCL Pirates in 1999 and the Lynchburg Hillcats in 2000. Beasley managed in the Pirates system for the next five seasons, making the playoffs every year. In 2006, he was third base coach for the Washington Nationals. Beasley was offered the managerial job for the Harrisburg Senators for 2007 but turned it down to become the Pirates' roving minor league infield instructor. He was then named the Pirates' third base coach in 2008, a role he held through 2010. He then spent four seasons in the Washington Nationals organization; from 2011 to 2013, he was a minor league manager and in 2014 he was the team's minor league field coordinator. In 2015, following the appointment of his friend Jeff Banister, a long-time Pirates coach, as the new manager of the Texas Rangers, Beasley moved to that organization as the third base coach of the big league team.

Beasley was diagnosed with rectal cancer at the start of spring training in 2016 and had to undergo chemotherapy. He had successfully overcome a bout with bone cancer in high school and the Rangers were optimistic he would be able to return quickly. A couple of weeks later, they named Spike Owen as his replacement on an interim basis. In the end Beasley, missed the entire season although he was able to join the team for limited stretches. However, in a positive development, he was able to resume his coaching duties in 2017 after being declared cancer-free. He marked the occasion by singing the National Anthem on Opening Day, April 3rd.

His uncle is Lew Beasley.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2001 Williamsport Crosscutters New York-Penn League 48-26 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates League Co-Champs
2002 Hickory Crawdads South Atlantic League 83-56 1st Pittsburgh Pirates League Champs
2003 Hickory Crawdads South Atlantic League 82-54 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
2004 Altoona Curve Eastern League 85-56 1st Pittsburgh Pirates Lost League Finals
2005 Altoona Curve Eastern League 76-66 2nd (t) Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
2011 Harrisburg Senators Eastern League 80-62 1st Washington Nationals Lost in 1st round
2012 Syracuse Chiefs International League 70-74 9th Washington Nationals
2013 Syracuse Chiefs International League 66-78 11th Washington Nationals

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