53-year-old Tony Phillips, an 18-year MLB vet, will try out for Revolution
April 1 isn’t until Monday, and I assure you we are not fooling anybody. Revolution Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball has received confirmation that infielder Tony Phillips, who played in 18 Major League seasons between 1982 (!) and 1999 predominately with the A’s and Tigers will attend the open tryout on Friday, April 5 with hopes to earn a spot on the spring camp roster.
While Phillips retired in ’99 at the age of 40 after 106 games with Oakland, apparently he is in pretty good shape. He began this post-50s comeback in 2011 when he played in 24 games for Yuma in the North American League (hit .269 with an RBI), and then played in 16 more games in the same league with Edinburg last season. (Hit .231 with eight RBI.)
In his Major League career, Phillips played in 2,161 games and has over 2,000 hits. He was a career .266 hitter with 160 home runs and 819 RBI. Anyone remember another player on the other side of 50 that played in the Atlantic League last season?
If you’d like to see this story unfold in person, fans are welcome at the tryout, which begins at 5:45 p.m. on the 5th.