Razor Shines announced as new manager of the Great Lakes Loons:
former coach, John Shoemaker will head to Glendale, Az to be coordinator of the Dodgers instructional facility....
Great Lakes Loons,
By: Jason Marcoux
17th December, 2012
The Great Lakes Loons announced today that hitting coach, Razor Shines will take over as the teams new manager when the 2013 season begins. According to a Loons press release earlier today, former Loons Skipper, John Shoemaker will be reassigned to serve at Camelback Ranch as the coordinator of instruction at the Dodgers facility in Glendale, Az.
Shoemaker managed the Loons team over the past two seasons and has been with the Dodger organization in some capacity for over thirty-five years. He was drafted out of Miami University in the thirty-fifth round of the 1977 MLB draft, and reached as high as AAA as a player. Shoemaker retired as a player in 1980 and has been with the organization throughout his entire playing and coaching career. Shoemaker had a record of 139-140 in his two years as the Loons coach (2011-2012), and a combined 2141-1088 record as a minor league coach spanning a seventeen year career.
Razor Shines played for the Montreal Expos from 1983-through-1987 as a player; but spent the majority of his playing career in the minor leagues. Shines coached third base for the Chicago White Sox in 2007, and served as the New York Mets first base coach in 2009 and 2010.
Great Lakes Loons radio announcer, Brad Golder sent out a press release today after speaking with Shines about his new position with the Great Lakes Loons. “I’m very excited to be asked by the Dodgers to lead the Great Lakes Loons in 2013,” Shines said. “When the Dodgers told me I’d be managing this season, I was hoping it would be with the Loons. After last year, I’m familiar with the layout and staff at Dow Diamond, and I’m familiar with some of the young players in the organization after managing in the instructional league this fall. I think we’re going to have a young and talented team, and I’m very excited.”
The Great Lakes Loons will begin their seventh season in Midland on April 4 at Dow Diamond against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. As usual, we will be looking forward to seeing you down at the Dow… Dow Diamond that is….