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Tony Phillips, former major leaguer, has died at the age of 56

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Very sad news today, with the passing of former major leaguer Tony Phillips at the age of 56

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Tony Phillips, the former Oakland A and Detroit Tiger, has died, according to Arizona g.m. Dave Stewart, who has passed along the very sad news.  Phillips was 56.

Phillips was an 18 year major leaguer who started his career with the Oakland A's in the 1980s, before joining the Detroit Tigers as a free agent prior to the 1990 season.  Phillips also spent time with the Angels, the ChiSox, the Blue Jays and the Mets, before finishing out his career with the A's in 1999, at the age of 40.

Phillips probably could have patented the "super utility player" role, as he had at least 97 games at 8 different positions (including DH), and played at least one game at every position except pitcher and catcher.  Phillips was primarily an infielder, with the majority of his playing time coming at second base, third base and left field, and he established himself as an All Star caliber player over a six year stretch from 1990-95, when he put up a bWAR of 29.5  Phillips ended his career with 2023 hits, 160 home runs and 177 stolen bases, putting up a .266/.374/.389 slash line and a career bWAR of 50.8.