Former Angels infielder Tony Phillips has died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 56, according to a published report.
His death Thursday, which was first reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, came as a shock to players and teammates who knew him for his fiery personality.
Phillips, who was a key member of the Oakland A’s 1989 World Series championship team, had reportedly been living in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was still involved in baseball through coaching and clinics.
He served as the Angels’ leadoff hitter in 1995 and again in 1997 before he was arrested for cocaine possession on Aug. 10, 1997. He subsequently pleaded guilty to one count of felony cocaine possession and completed drug counseling, resulting in the charges being dropped
Drafted 10th overall by the Montreal Expos in the 1978 draft, Phillips played 18 years in the bigs, finishing with a .266 batting average, 2,023 hits and 1,300 runs.
Phillips debuted with Oakland in 1982 and also played for Detroit (1990–1994), the Chicago White Sox (1996–1997), Toronto (1998), the New York Mets (1998), and finished his career in Oakland (1999) at the age of 40.
Courtesy of Los Angeles Daily News by LangStaff Reporters