Former A's infielder Tony Phillips dies at 56

Former A's infielder Tony Phillips has died.

Phillips played nine seasons with the A's as part of an 18 year career. He passed away Wednesday in Arizona at the age of 56. 

“The Oakland A’s lost another member of our family this week with the unexpected passing of Tony Phillips,” said Michael Crowley, president of the Oakland Athletics. “We all have fond memories of Tony making the final play in the A’s 1989 World Series. He was a remarkable player. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Phillips made his major league debut in 1982 and played for Oakland through 1989. 

According to a news release from the A's he also played for California (1995), Chicago-AL (1996-97), Anaheim (1997), Toronto (1998) and New York-NL (1998) before concluding his career with the A’s in 1999.

Phillips batted a career-high .313 with Detroit in 1993 and hit a career-high 27 home runs with the Angels in 1995.

 

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