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Ex-MLB player Tony Phillips dies of heart attack


USA TODAY Sports
2:19 p.m. EST February 19, 2016

Former Major League player Tony Phillips has died of an apparent heart attack.

Phillips, 56, died Wednesday in Arizona.

Phillips played 18 season in the majors for six different teams, most notably with the Oakland Athletics as a member of the 1989 World Series championship team. He made the final out in the Athletics’ sweep of the San Francisco Giants during the earthquake-interrupted Series.

He retired in 1999 at the age of 40.

The A’s released a statement Friday that funeral services are pending.

“The Oakland A’s lost another member of our family this week with the unexpected passing of Tony Phillips,” A’s president Michael Crowley said in a statement. “We all have fond memories of Tony making the final play in the A’s 1989 World Series. He was a remarkable player. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Phillips, who played mostly second base and outfield, played every position but catcher during his tenure. He finished his career as a .260 hitter with 2,023 hits and 1,300 runs in 2,161 games.

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