Wednesday, November 6, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #75 TONY PHILLIPS


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. 

DEFINING MOMENT

  • 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.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '93, Phillips hit a career-high .313 with a major-league-leading 132 walks and a .443 on-base percentage.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. The two positions Phillips played the most were second base (777 games) and left field (565).
  2. Became the first Athletic to hit for the cycle, doing so against the Orioles on May 16, 1986.
  3. Hit a career-high 27 homers in '95 with the Angels.
  4. From '92-96, Phillips scored at least 100 runs four times.
  5. 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.

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