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Jason Phillips (catcher)

Jason Phillips
Seattle Mariners – No. 62
Born: (1976-09-27) September 27, 1976 (age 44)
La Mesa, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 19, 2001 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
July 18, 2007 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
Batting average .249
Home runs 30
Runs batted in 168
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Jason Lloyd Phillips (born September 27, 1976) is a former Major League Baseball catcher and first baseman who now serves as bullpen catcher for the Seattle Mariners. He also played in the Australian Baseball League with the Hunter Eagles.[1] He is the older brother of catcher and first baseman Kyle Phillips.


Jason made his major league debut with the New York Mets on September 19, 2001. In 2003, Phillips was tried out at first base and was also a backup catcher to Mike Piazza. That season he broke out, batting .298 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI. In 2004, his offensive numbers dropped sharply, but through the entire season he only made one error. On March 20, 2005, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii. His offensive production improved slightly, and he recorded a career high in starts and games as a backstop.

On January 3,

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Never known for his speed on the basepaths, Phillips was picked as the slowest active ballplayer by using a formula based on Bill James' speed scores by the Hardball Times in April 2006.[2]

Upon Bengie Molina's departure through free agency to the San Francisco Giants in the winter of

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Phillips signed with the Florida Marlins and assigned to the Albuquerque Isotopes, their Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate on July 29, 2007. Phillips was given the number 23, a number he had not worn since his departure from New York. He was released on August 13, 2007, after playing in only eight games with a .185 batting average.

On April 4,

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Phillips signed a minor league contract on June 26, 2008, with the Atlanta Braves. He was assigned to the Braves' Triple-A club in Richmond where he spent the rest of the season.

Phillips signed another minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners on February 16, 2009, and was invited to spring training.[3] On April 1, 2009, Phillips accepted the Mariners' bullpen catcher position, after his services as a player were no longer required.[4]


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