Wednesday, May 27, 2009

1976 Topps #93 - Mike Phillips

  • Mike Phillips had an 11-year career as a utilityman with five National League teams from 1973-1983. He played in the Giants' farm system from 1969-1973 and posted batting averages of .216, .248, .233, .248, and .250 before being called up to the Giants. In his rookie season, Phillips batted .240 in 112 at-bats.

  • Mike batted .219 in 283 at-bats for the Giants in 1974 and batted .194 in 31 at-bats in 1975 before being put on waivers on May 3. The Mets selected him and he batted .256 in 383 at-bats. That was the peak of his career. Mike batted .256 in 262 at-bats in 1976 and then batted .209 in 86 at-bats for the Mets in 1977. Phillips was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals on June 15 for Joel Youngblood. He finished the year with the Cardinals, batting .241 in 87 at-bats.

  • Phillips played three more unremarkable years for the Cards, then was traded by the Cardinals with Terry Kennedy, John Littlefield, Al Olmsted, Kim Seaman, Steve Swisher and John Urrea to the San Diego Padres for Rollie Fingers, Bob Shirley and Gene Tenace. The San Diego Padres sent Bob Geren (December 10, 1980) to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete the trade.

  • He played in 14 games for the Padres before being sold to the Montreal Expos on May 10. He only batted 62 times for the Expos. Mike then spent most of the next two years in the minors, coming up for a couple of cups of coffee with the Expos in 1982 and 1983. Mike was released and re-signed with the Expos in 1982. He was released and re-signed twice in 1983 before being released for good on September 16, 1983.

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