Phillips finishes 2nd MLB season

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Andy Phillips’s second season in the majors has come to an end.

The 1995 graduate of Demopolis Academy struck out in his final at-bat of the season, whiffing against Boston’s Jonathan Papelbon in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ season finale Sunday. The Yankees had qualified for the postseason by defeating Boston the day before, clinching the American League East, but Phillips was not included on the Yankees’ 25-player postseason roster.

The at-bat was Phillips’s first since Sept. 18. After a brief string of appearances as a late-game defensive substitution in mid-September, the return of veteran Yankee first baseman Tino Martinez from a rib injury relegated Phillips to the end of the Yankee bench and kept him off of the postseason roster.

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Phillips’s strikeout off the bench was somewhat emblematic of an often difficult season in the big leagues for the power-hitting infielder. With the Yankees frequently calling up and then re-sending Phillips to triple-A Columbus–Phillips yo-yoed between the two clubs five times–he struggled to find an offensive rhythm with the Major League club and finished the season batting .150. After going 4-16 for a .250 batting average in April, with a home run and four RBIs, Phillips went only 2-24 the remainder of the season.

Phillips had a great deal more success with Columbus, hitting an even .300 with 22 home runs, 54 RBIs, and 60 runs scored in only 75 games played. Phillips finished his 2005 season with the Yankees with one home run, four RBIs, four doubles, and a .325 slugging percentage.

For his Yankees career Phillips has gone 8-48 with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs.