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Anthony Razor Shines[1][2] (born July 18, 1956) 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.

Razor Shines
Razor Shines 2010.jpg
Shines in 2010.
Born: (1956-07-18) July 18, 1956 (age 63)
Durham, North Carolina
Batted: Both Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 1983, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
May 14, 1987, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
At bats81
Runs batted in5
As player

As Coach


Playing careerEdit

Shines was born in Durham, North Carolina. He was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round of the 1978 MLB Draft out of St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Expos assigned him to the Jamestown Expos in the New York–Penn League for his first season in 1978. He spent the next three seasons (1979–1981) with the West Palm Beach Expos of the Florida State League. Shines was promoted to the Memphis Chicks of the Southern League in 1981 and remained there through 1983, when he was promoted to the AAA Wichita Aeros of the American Association.

He made his Major League debut on September 9, 1983 as a pinch hitter against the New York Mets but did not get an official appearance because the Mets made a pitching change and he was subsequently pinch hit for himself.[3] He played in two more games that season, as late inning defensive replacement against the Chicago Cubs on September 12[4] and as a pinch hitter on October 2 against the Mets. He recorded his first Major League hit in that at-bat, a single to left field off of Tim Leary.[5]

In parts of four Major League seasons with the 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]

He spent the majority of nine seasons with the Indianapolis Indians,[7] and he became a local legend and fan favorite within the city of Indianapolis.[8]

He became a free agent in 1990 and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who sent him to the Buffalo Bisons, where he hit .170 in 42 games. When the Pirates released him during the season, he signed with the Mexico City Reds of the Mexican League.[9]

He retired after spending 1993 in the Cincinnati Reds system.

On May 16, 2006, the Indianapolis Indians honored Shines, who was managing the visiting Charlotte Knights, with a "Razor Shines Night." 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.[8] Shines also coached at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Indiana, for the 1997–1998 season.

Coaching and managing careerEdit

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.

Shines has over 500 wins as a minor league manager.[10]

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 was the hitting coach for the Great Lakes Loons, the A team of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2013, he became the manager of the Loons and in 2014 he was promoted to manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Double-A Southern League. The Dodgers switched Double-A affiliates for 2015, and Shines became the manager of the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League.[11] Despite being chosen by Baseball America as the best managerial prospect in the Texas League, Shines' contract was not renewed by the Dodgers after the season.[12]


His son, Devin, played baseball for the Cowboys at Oklahoma State and was drafted by the Dodgers in the 38th round of the 2011 MLB Draft.[13] In 2012, Devin played for his dad with the Great Lakes Loons.[14]

In 2009, Shines was named by Maxim as having "the most bad-ass name of all time".[15] "Razor" is a family name. It was his grandfather's middle name and his father's middle name. His son's middle name is also "Razor."[16]

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.[17]


  1. ^ "Razor Shines". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  2. ^ London, Mike (2001). "Razor Shines: The best name in baseball". Salisbury Post. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  3. ^ September 9, 1983 Mets vs. Expos box score
  4. ^ September 12, 1983 Cubs vs. Expos box score
  5. ^ October 2, 1983 Mets vs. Expos box score
  6. ^ "April 30, 1985 Montreal Expos at Philadelphia Phillies Box Score and Play by Play". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  7. ^ "Razor Shines Statistics". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  8. ^ a b Winston, Lisa (2006-05-19). "In honor of Minor League cult figures". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  9. ^ DiCesare, Bob (1990-05-02). "Razor's Outlook Shines Despite Move to Mexico". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  10. ^ "White Sox name Anthony "Razor" Shines third base coach and Joey Cora bench coach" (Press release). Chicago White Sox. 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  11. ^ Weisman, Jon (January 12, 2015). "Dodgers announce 2015 minor-league coaching staff". Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  12. ^ Hoornstra, J.P. (September 16, 2015). "Nine minor league coaches, including Double-A and Triple-A managers, will not return in 2016". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  13. ^ "Devin Shines, Oklahoma State Cowboys Baseball Roster". Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-02-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers take 'Shines' to father-son combination for Great Lakes Loons". Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  15. ^ "Bad Ass Name". Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2009-03-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  16. ^ Bernreuter, Hugh (April 3, 2013). "Ten questions with Great Lakes Loons manager Razor Shines". Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  17. ^ "3rd Base Coach of Life". Retrieved 2009-08-09.

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