TEXAS: Beasley returns for a fourth season as Rangers third base coach after being hired on November 18, 2014… joins Steve Buechele and Hector Ortiz as the only members of the coaching staff for each of Jeff Banister's three seasons as manager…returned to the field in 2017 after he did not serve as the on-field third base coach at any point in 2016 due to medical issues (see below)…before his arrival in Texas, he had a long history with the Pirates and Banister, having served as a Pittsburgh farm system coach and manager from 1998-2005 plus 2007, and on the Bucs' Big League staff from 2008-10… also served as Washington Nationals third base coach in 2006… has guided his clubs to the postseason in six of eight campaigns as a Minor League manager.
2016 SEASON: Beasley saw limited activity in 2016 as he underwent treatment including surgery for rectal cancer… announcement of his diagnosis was made on February 19, 2016, and he was with the club at various points throughout Spring Training, the regular season, and postseason surrounding his chemotherapy treatments in Phoenix, Houston, and Arlington… announcement declaring that Beasley is cancer-free was made on December 8, 2016…selected as the recipient of the 2016 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award by the DFW chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
WASHINGTON: Prior to joining the Rangers, spent four seasons in the Washington Nationals organization as a Minor League co-field coordinator (2014), and manager at both Triple-A Syracuse (2012-13) and Double-A Harrisburg (2011)… he was also the club's Major League third base coach in 2006 under manager Frank Robinson…his 2011 Harrisburg club posted an 80-62 record, winning the Eastern League Western Division title…during his time in the Nationals' system, managed Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, and Tanner Roark.
PITTSBURGH: Was with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2007-10, where he worked with Banister, spending the last three seasons of that stint (2008-10) as the Major League club's third base coach and baserunning instructor…he was club's Minor League infield coordinator in 2007…also spent the final six seasons of his Minor League playing career in the organization before serving as a farm system coach and manager from 1998-2005…was selected as Double-A Manager of the Year by Baseball America in 2004 after guiding Altoona to the Eastern League Championship Series…also served as a coach for the U.S. team at the MLB Futures Game that year, and managed Mesa in the Arizona Fall League after the regular season… served as a player/coach in 1998 with Single-A Carolina and then retired as a player to become a full-time coach in Pirates organization.
PLAYING CAREER: Originally selected by Baltimore in 19th round of 1989 June draft…hit .260 with 22 homers and 243 RBI in 859 games over 9 Minor League seasons in the Pirates and Orioles chains from 1989-98…was a 1990 and 1991 Carolina League All-Star and a 1996 Southern League All-Star.
PERSONAL: Anthony Wayne Beasley…resides in Ruther Glen, VA with wife Stacy and son Anthony Jr. (10/3/94)… native of Bowling Green, VA…has performed his rendition of the National Anthem before games on different occasions, including a version prior to the Rangers' season opener on April 3, 2017 vs. Cleveland, which marked his return to the field following a battle with rectal cancer…throughout his playing and coaching career, has worked as a lumberjack at his father's lumber company in the offseason…managed the NY-Penn League's Williamsport Crosscutters in 2001, a team named for that city's logging heritage…his uncle, Lewis "Lew" Beasley saw his only Major League action with the 1977 Rangers.