Ex-big leaguer Tony Phillips, 53, trying out for Revs

Posted by on March 29, 2013 in 2013 Spring Training, Tony Phillips, York Revolution

Tony Phillips

Tony Phillips

York Revolution baseball manager Andrew Ball said Thursday has a little over 20 players signed up for the Revs’ open tryout, scheduled for April 5 at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

“But most of the guys show up the day of and sign up,” he said. “So I’m expecting more than that.”

One of the players scheduled to participate in the tryout is 53-year-old Tony Phillips, an 18-year major league veteran who made his pro debut in 1978. Click here to read the full story from Revs’ media guru Paul Braverman on the Revolution’s blog – the news also got the Revs mentioned by CBSsports.com.

Phillips, who will turn 54 in April, was drafted 10th overall in 1978 by the Montreal Expos and made his major league debut five seasons later in 1982. He has played in a total of 2,161 big league games from 1982 to 1999 with seven different clubs. He owns a career .266 average in the big leagues, collecting 160 homers, 819 RBIs and 1,300 runs scored.

The switch-hitter returned to the game in 2011. He has played in the independent North American League the last two seasons, batting a combined .254 (33-for-130) in 40 total games split between Yuma and Edinburg.

Of the 42 hopefuls who participated in York’s open tryout last year, then 24-year-old Alex Lentz was the only one who earned an invitation to the Revs’ spring training.  However, the former Messiah catcher would be waived by the Revs at the end of spring training.

Some have been successful in earning contracts in past tryouts for York. Left-handed pitcher Brian Holliday, local sandlot legend Shawn Hedrick and outfielder Colin Roberson all played for the Revs in 2009 after participating in the tryout. (Of that bunch, Roberson is the only one still playing professionally. Last season, he saw 81 combined at-bats between the Long Island Ducks and Camden Riversharks, batting .148)

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