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RIP Tony Phillips

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Steak Snabler, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

  2. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    I once played an entire Little League season using Tony Phillips' batting stance. I loved it so much.

    Worked much better than that season I tried to bat like Mickey Tettleton.
  3. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    This sentence jumped out:

    He got on base more times (3,384) than 75 different Hall of Fame hitters, including big names like Joe DiMaggio, Willie Stargell, Duke Snider, Jim Rice, Orlando Cepeda, and Johnny Bench.

    That he stuck around for 18 seasons is another good demonstration of his value.

  4. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Very good player. RIp
  5. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Isn't he the drug user who was found in a seedy Anaheim motel one year, and helped derail an Angels playoff push?
  6. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Yes. They suspended him after he refused to go to rehab.
  7. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    He said, "no, no, no?"
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  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Didn't realize he had played for the A's so long. I always thought of him as a Tiger. Never an All-Star? I always thought he was an elite player.
  9. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Guys who walked a ton but didn't hit for high average were regarded as aliens in those days. He also never stole a ton of bases.
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I always thought getting a walk or was sometimes worth more than a hit if you are frustrating or wearing down the picther.
  11. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Yes, in 1997. I don't know if they would have overcome the Mariners that year for the division title even if that hadn't happened, but it sure didn't help.

    It was a shame, though. He was a really good player for the Angels in his two stints in Anaheim.
  12. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Three standout A's from the '89 World Series champs all dying early in the last couple of years (Welch, Hendu and now Philips). Phillips was always one of my favorite players.
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