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Rangers coach ready if called to sing national anthem

Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley, left, has been singing in church choirs all his life, and has sung the National Anthem as a player in the minor leagues and again as a coach.
Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley, left, has been singing in church choirs all his life, and has sung the National Anthem as a player in the minor leagues and again as a coach. Star-Telegram

Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley knows the request will eventually come.

He’s not angling for it, but sooner or later, Beasley will be asked if he’d like to sing the national anthem before a Rangers’ game at Globe Life Park.

And why not? Beasley has been singing in church choirs all his life. He sang the anthem as a player in the minor leagues and again as a coach. He was even asked to sing before a road game at the Potomac Cannons, a Yankee’s Class A affiliate. He did again in 2010 while a Pirates’ coach at PNC Park.

“They asked me to do it and eventually I said yes,” said Beasley, who was handpicked by Rangers manager Jeff Banister last fall. The two worked together for many years in the Pirates’ organization. Beasley, 48, has spent the past four seasons as the Nationals’ minor league co-field manager.

When he’s home, Beasley still sings in his church choir in Bowling Green, Va., which is about 75 miles south of Washington, D.C.

His singing heroes include R&B legends, such as Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, plus Earth, Wind & Fire, and the Commodores. His favorite music to sing is contemporary Christian and old school gospel. He has range, however. Enough that he was asked to front a jazz band during the off-season.

“I probably could have stuck with it but I didn’t have time to do it,” he said. “It takes a lot of commitment with the practices.”

He’s never had formal training but over time he has worked with talented pianists and other musicians that “taught me how to sing and the different parts of harmony and how to breathe.”

If the Rangers ask, he’d be honored. But he’ll want to check the sound system first.

“I sung it in Syracuse in Triple A and they had a serious delay,” he said. “I was able to do it because I had ear plugs in.”

The sound delay wasn’t the only obstacle. A train rolled by behind the stadium while he was singing and his microphone was disconnected from the stadium speakers.

“So nobody even heard it but me and a few people in the front row,” he said.

TCU connection

The Angels started two players Tuesday with ties to the TCU baseball team. Third baseman Taylor Featherston was an all-conference shortstop for three seasons with the Horned Frogs. He’s in his first big-league camp as the Angels’ Rule 5 selection last December. First baseman C.J. Cron is the older brother of former TCU slugger Kevin Cron. Kevin Cron is in his first year in the Diamondbacks’ organization.

Key stat

1 Hit allowed by Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis in three inningsTuesday. Lewis allowed six runs on five hits in the Rangers’ spring opener last week.

Quotable

“You definitely need to create some space and there are going to be some core guys who are going to get the bulk of the playing time. You’d like for some of the young guys who are not going to be on the club, when the minor league games start, you’d like for them to get down there and get going with [their teams]. It’s a collective decision. The front office and myself.” — Manager Jeff Banister on spring roster decisions

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @StevensonFWST

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