Razor Shines

Infobox MLB retired
name=Razor Shines

position=Pinch hitter/First baseman
birthdate=birth date and age|1956|7|18
debutdate=September 9
debutteam=Montreal Expos
finaldate=May 14
finalteam=Montreal Expos
stat1label=At bats
stat3label=Runs batted in
*Montreal Expos (1983-1985, 1987)

Anthony Razor Shines [cite web|url=http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/S/Pshinr001.htm|title=Razor Shines|accessdate=2008-06-04|publisher=Retrosheet] [cite web|url=http://www.salisburypost.com/2001april/040501a.htm|title=Razor Shines: The best name in baseball|last=London|first=Mike|date=2001|accessdate=2008-06-04|publisher=Salisbury Post] (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 had a significant career in the minor leagues, where he spent parts of sixteen seasons.cite web|url=http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Razor-Shines.shtml|title=Razor Shines Statistics|accessdate=2008-06-06|publisher=The Baseball Cube] He spent the majority of nine seasons with the Indianapolis Indians, and he became a local legend within the city of Indianapolis.cite web|url=http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060519&content_id=77615&vkey=news_milb&fext=.jsp|title=In honor of Minor League cult figures|last=Winston|first=Lisa|date=2006-05-19|accessdate=2008-06-06|publisher=Minor League Baseball] His minor league career also included stops in the Mexican League [cite news|first=Bob|last=DiCesare|title=Razor's Outlook Shines Despite Move to Mexico|publisher=The Buffalo News|date=1990-05-02|accessdate=2008-06-06|url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=BN&p_theme=bn&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB19578D81FBDFC&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM] and in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization with the Buffalo Bisons. Shines has since become a minor league manager, and he currently manages 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.

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. [cite web|url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI198504300.shtml|title=April 30, 1985 Montreal Expos at Philadelphia Phillies Box Score and Play by Play|accessdate=2008-06-06|publisher=Sports Reference, LLC]

Shines has over 500 wins as a Minor league manager. [cite press release|url=http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20061031&content_id=1728364&vkey=pr_cws&fext=.jsp&c_id=cws
title=White Sox name Anthony "Razor" Shines third base coach and Joey Cora bench coach|publisher=Chicago White Sox|accessdate=2008-06-10|date=2006-10-31

In by|2007, he was back in the Major Leagues coaching at 3rd Base for the Chicago White Sox.

On December 12, 2007, it was announced that Shines will manage the Phillies single-A Clearwater Threshers team in 2008.



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