This story is also just a nice excuse to post that baseball card.
Remember Tony Phillips?
He played 18 years in MLB, most recently (yet not recent at all) in 1999 for the Oakland A's, at the age of 40. He actually began his career with the A's in 1982 and played with them through 1989, before playing for the Detroit Tigers (1990-1994), California/Anaheim Angels (1995 and 1997), Chicago White Sox (1996-1997), Toronto Blue Jays (1998), New York Mets (1998).
Phillips had a very nice career, putting together a .266 batting average, .374 on-base percentage (particularly impressive over 18 seasons, and in an era where obp wasn't focused on nearly as much), .763 OPS, getting 2,203 hits, and hitting 160 home runs. He led the AL in walks twice (1993 and 1996), led the AL in runs in 1992, and had five .800+ OPS seasons.
Well, Phillips will turn 54 in a month, and is apparently going to try out for an Independent League team next week. No joke:
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.Source: BlogToBlogChamps
CBS Sports' Mike Axisa adds, "It's worth noting that Phillips actually played in an independent league in each of the last two seasons. He hit .231 in 16 games for the Edinburg (Texas) Roadrunners in 2012 and .269 in 24 games for the Yuma (Ariz.) Scorpions in 2011."
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