|KNOWN MOST FOR PLAYING SECOND.|
|KNOWN BEST FOR DRAWING A WALK.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Versatility was the main component of Tony Phillips' game during his 18-year career. He played six positions, including designated hitter, and was a jack-of-all trades part-time player when signing with the Tigers in 1990. As primarily a leadoff hitter with four teams until '97, Phillips averaged 107 walks, 14 homers and 14 steals a season.
- Phillips helped the Athletics move to within a victory of the World Series title in '89 in Game 3 on Oct. 27. He hit a solo homer in the top of the fourth to give Oakland a 4-1 lead. The Athletics would end up winning 13-7.
- In '93, Phillips hit a career-high .313 with a major-league-leading 132 walks and a .443 on-base percentage.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- The two positions Phillips played the most were second base (777 games) and left field (565).
- Became the first Athletic to hit for the cycle, doing so against the Orioles on May 16, 1986.
- Hit a career-high 27 homers in '95 with the Angels.
- From '92-96, Phillips scored at least 100 runs four times.
- In August '97, he was arrested in Anaheim, Calif., and charged with buying cocaine. The charge was dismissed in May '99 after he completed counseling.