When I think about Tiger Stadium and the players that roamed there when I was a kid, of course I think of Cecil Fielder. I think about Alan Trammel and Lou Whittaker. I think about their skipper Sparky Anderson. But when I think hard about those blue walls and facades and barricades and ironsides that made up beautiful Tiger Stadium; the player I probably think of most is Tony Phillips.
There was something cool about Phillips, who was a Tiger from 1990 to 1994. He often batted wearing shades during day games. I am shocked to see he was never an All Star. Look at his 1993 stats for crying out loud. When I was a kid and Nintendo and Sega Baseball were part of my daily routine, Phillips was the man.
Tony Phillips died yesterday of a heart attack at just the age of 56. That’s far too young.
This Saturday baseball post is dedicated to the man who had a Hall of Very Good type career. He played 18 seasons and scored 1300 runs. His 160 career long balls are evidence that the little guy had some pop.
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