Tony Muser
Tony Muser 1977.jpg
First baseman / Manager / Coach
Born: (1947-08-01) August 1, 1947 (age 74)
Van Nuys, California
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 14, 1969, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1978, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Batting average.259
Home runs7
Runs batted in117
Managerial record317–431
Winning %.424
As player

As manager

As coach

Anthony Joseph Muser (/ˈmjuːzər/; born August 1, 1947) is currently a roving instructor in the San Diego Padres organization. He is a former Major League Baseball player, and later served in several coaching positions. From 1997 until 2002, Muser served as the manager of the Kansas City Royals. After being replaced by John Mizerock, Muser spent four seasons as the bench coach for the San Diego Padres under Bruce Bochy.

Playing career

Signed as an amateur free agent by the Boston Red Sox in 1967, Muser spent parts of nine seasons in the majors between 1969 and 1978. After debuting with the Red Sox, he also played for the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and Milwaukee Brewers. In 1973, he was the White Sox starting first baseman, setting career highs with 4 home runs and 30 runs batted in while batting .285 in 109 games. After batting .260 during the first 2+12 months of the campaign, Muser was acquired by the Orioles from the White Sox for Jesse Jefferson in one of two transactions made by Chicago at the non-waiver trade deadline on June 15, 1975.[1] Following his major league career, he played in Japan for the Seibu Lions in 1979.

During his career, Muser played mostly first base, but did not hit for much in the way of average or power at a position that is historically more known for offense than defense. He had a lifetime .259 batting average and only seven home runs in his entire career.

Post-playing career

Coach and minor league manager

In 1980, Muser was brought back into the Brewers organization, as he was hired as manager of the Stockton Ports, one of Milwaukee's A-ball farm clubs. The Ports won the league championship in 1980, and Muser was moved up to the Double-A El Paso Diablos. After two-plus seasons in El Paso, during which Muser's teams went 176–162, Muser was promoted again, this time to the Triple-A Vancouver Canadians, where he replaced Dick Phillips in midseason. After a season and a half there, Muser was moved up to the Brewers' coaching staff, where he served as third base coach from 1985 through spring training in 1986 when he was severely injured in a gas explosion in the Compadre Stadium clubhouse and missed the rest of the 1986 season.[2] Muser was in line to succeed George Bamberger as manager but because of his injuries was replaced as third base coach by Tom Trebelhorn who went on to manage the Brewers for five years.[3] Muser returned as hitting coach from 1987 until 1989.[4] In 1991 and 1992, Muser was back at Triple-A, managing the Denver Zephyrs, the Brewers' top farm team.

In 1993, Muser moved to the Chicago Cubs, where he served as their hitting coach until 1997, when he was named manager of the Kansas City Royals.

Royals manager

On July 9, 1997, Muser replaced Bob Boone as manager of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals were 36–46 at the time, but finished the season even worse, going 31–48 under Muser, finishing 4th in the American League Central. In 1998, the Royals moved to the Central Division, and over the next four seasons finished 3rd, 4th, 4th, and 5th in the five-team division. After starting the 2002 season 8–15, Muser was fired as manager and replaced by John Mizerock.

Back to coaching

After being let go by the Royals, Muser was named to the San Diego Padres coaching staff for 2003. He served as the Padres' bench coach until 2006, then returned to the minor leagues as a manager. In 2007, Muser was the manager for the Peoria Padres, the Padres' rookie level team in the Arizona League. In 2008, he became a roving minor league instructor for the Padres.

Managerial records

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
KC 1997 31 48 .392 5th in AL Central -
KC 1998 72 89 .447 3rd in AL Central -
KC 1999 64 97 .398 4th in AL Central -
KC 2000 77 85 .485 4th in AL Central -
KC 2001 65 97 .401 5th in AL Central -
KC 2002 8 15 .348 4th in AL Central (fired)
Total 317 431 .424


  1. ^ "A's Obtain Bahnsen on Deadline," The New York Times, Tuesday, June 17, 1975. Retrieved October 26, 2020
  2. ^ Walsh, Jim (February 25, 2018). "Even without a diamond, Chandler Compadres shine". East Valley Tribune.
  3. ^ Tough day in Brewers history by Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel
  4. ^ Bio from Padres web site

Preceded byLee Sigman Stockton Ports Manager 1980 Succeeded byDuane Espy Preceded byJim Saul El Paso Diablos Manager 1981–1983 Succeeded byLee Sigman Preceded byDick Phillips Vancouver Canadians Manager 1983–1985 Succeeded byTom Trebelhorn Preceded by Milwaukee Brewers Third Base Coach 1985–1986 Succeeded byTom Trebelhorn Preceded byFrank Howard Milwaukee Brewers Hitting Coach 1987–1989 Succeeded byDon Baylor Preceded byDave Machemer Denver Zephyrs Manager 1991–1992 Succeeded bylast manager Preceded bySammy Ellis Chicago Cubs Bullpen Coach 1993 Succeeded byMarv Foley Preceded byTom Trebelhorn Chicago Cubs Third Base Coach 1994–1996 Succeeded byDan Radison Preceded by?? Chicago Cubs Hitting Coach 1997 Succeeded byJeff Pentland Preceded byRob Picciolo San Diego Padres Bench Coach 2003–2006 Succeeded byCraig Colbert Preceded byCarlos Lezcano AZL Padres Manager 2007 Succeeded byJose Flores