Former Tiger Tony Phillips is Back in Baseball


When I was younger, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Tony Phillips play for the Tigers. While Lou Whitaker will always be my favorite, Cecil Fielder and Phillips were right near the top of my list as well.

You can imagine my elation then when I found this little nugget via twitter today, passed along by the wonderful folks at the Hall of Very Good:

Late Monday night, (Jose) Canseco, the player-manager of the Yuma Scorpions made the announcement (via Twitter, of course) that his former teammate Tony Phillips would be joining the Scorps.

Phillips, now 52, spent 18 seasons in the big leagues, last appearing in 1999 with the Oakland Athletics. For his career, Phillips totaled more than 2000 hits and posted a career OBP of .374. His five seasons with the Tigers (1990-94) were the most productive of his career and the versatile switch-hitter played every position except first base and catcher in his time with Detroit.

In joining the Scorpions, Phillips will be re-united with former teammates Ozzie and Jose Canseco (who is Yuma’s player-manager), as well as former big leaguers Willy Aybar, and Joey Gathright.

I really don’t like ripping much context from someone else’s work, so I’ll leave the rest up to the Hall. Click the image below to see the full article.

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