Tony Beasley was named Third Base Coach of the Pirates on November 20, 2007. In addition to those duties, he will serve the club as its base running instructor and the hitting-bunting coach for the pitchers.
The 2010 season marks Tony's 18th with the Pittsburgh organization. He spent the 2007 campaign as the club's Minor League Infield Coordinator and was instrumental in prospect Neil Walker's transition from catcher to third base during spring training.
This is Beasley's second stint as a Major League Third Base Coach, as he worked in the same capacity for the Washington Nationals under Manager Frank Robinson in 2006.
Beasley spent five seasons as a manager in the Pirates farm system, guiding his club to the post-season in all five years and a combined record of 372-258 (.590 winning pct.) during the regular season. He was tabbed by Baseball America as the Double-A Manager-of-the-Year in 2004 after guiding Altoona to the Eastern League Championship Series (his team lost to New Hampshire). Tony also served the United States as a coach at the MLB Futures Game in Houston during All- Star week in 2004.
Tony began his managerial career with Williamsport in 2001 and led the club to a 46-26 regular season record and a first-place finish; the club was declared co-champions of the New York-Penn League along with Brooklyn. He was named Low Class-A Manager-of-the-Year by Baseball America in consecutive seasons with Hickory in 2002-03 and to the South Atlantic League's mid-season All-Star squad in 2003. Tony guided the Crawdads to the SAL championship and the fifth-best record in the minors in 2002 and was also selected to the league's post-season All-Star Team.
In addition to his regular season managerial duties, Beasley also managed the Mesa Desert Dogs during the Arizona Fall League in 2004 and guided the club to an 18-13 record and a first-place finish in the National Division (his club lost to the Mesa Solar Sox in the Championship Series). After serving as a player/coach at Carolina (AA) and Lynchburg (A) in 1998, Tony began his full-time coaching career as the Hitting Coach with the GCL Pirates in 1999. He worked in the same capacity with Lynchburg in 2000.
Primarily a middle infielder, Tony spent nine seasons as a player in the minor leagues and batted .260 with 22 homers and 242 RBI in 854 games. He was originally selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 19th round of the 1989 June draft before being aquired by Pittsburgh in a deal for infielder Tommy Shields on 9/5/91. In his minor league career, Beasley was named to the Carolina League All-Star team in both 1990 and 1991. He also garnered Southern League All-Star laurels in 1996.
Anthony Wayne Beasley...Wife's name is Stacy...Has one son; Anthony Jr. (10/3/94)...Was All-State as a senior at Caroline High School in Bowling Green, VA, in 1985...Also played baseball at Louisburg JC (NC) in 1986-87 and Liberty University (VA) in 1988-89...Led Liberty with 24 stolen bases in 1989...Sang the National Anthem prior to the Pirates/Rockies game at PNC Park on July 30, 2008...Has also performed the anthem at numerous minor league games during his coaching/managerial career...Participated in the Pirates Caravan this past January.