Why we like him: Get ready, because it's about to get ridiculous. I know what you're thinking, and yes, that is his real name, and no, he was not a Harlem Globetrotter. The legend of Anthony Razor Shines is pretty preposterous. His listed nickname is actually Ray, but in all honesty, if you have an opportunity to call a man Razor Shines, you're going to. He might seem like just another Expo of yesteryear wandering through baseball obscurity wishing he was anywhere but Montreal, but with a name like that, you're destined for great things. You'd think.
Anyway, his career spanned only 4 seasons in the majors, all of which were with the Expos, and yielded some of the most pitiful stats ever to grace a Baseball Reference page. With only 81 at-bats in 68 games spread over 4 seasons, he was a career .185 hitter with no home runs, 5 RBI, and one sweet extra-base hit (a double). That's not even the best part. He also pitched one "who-cares" inning in a blowout loss to the Phillies in '85, giving up just one hit and surrendering no runs. That's right. Razor Shines, proud owner of a .185 career average and 0.00 ERA.
Shines is actually somewhat a cult hero in minor league lore. He definitely served his time, playing 16 minor league seasons in places like Indianapolis, Memphis, Buffalo, and he even played a little bit in Mexico. Of course, no one can spend that much time in the minors and not figure out ways to help groom younger players and manage games. After his playing career came to an end in 1987, Shines began coaching and eventually managing minor league teams in Birmingham, Alabama, and Clearwater, Florida, and he is the proud owner of over 500 minor league wins as a manager. He also served as a base coach for the White Sox in 2007 and also for the Mets in 2009 and 2010.
So just how awesome is Razor Shines? Awesome enough to have an honorary Razor Shines Night while he was managing at a minor league stadium...of the opposing team. He was just a classic ballplayer, a man grinding out season after season in the minors for a shot at living the major league dream, and he did live it, if only for a little while. I'm glad the game got to experience Razor Shines, and it's stories like his that make this the greatest game in the world.
Ladies and gentlemen, Razor Shines, Ballplayer.