Wednesday, November 11, 2009
#616) JASON PHILLIPS
Jason Phillips was selected by the New York Mets in the 24th round of the 1997 amateur player draft. He made his major league debut with the Mets on September 19, 2001. Jason played the majority of 2001 and 2002 in the minor leagues. Phillips stuck in New York when he became a first baseman and backup catcher to Mike Piazza in 2003. Having such a terrific season hitting that he earned the honor of "National League Rookie of the Year" from the Ted Williams Museum. Jason's energetic play made him a fan favorite, and his signature goggles did not hurt either. Phillips agreed, "....definitely, I think they are my trademark." He was traded from the Mets to the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 20, 2005 in exchange for Kazuisha Ishii.
Phillips was invited to spring training camp with the Seattle Mariners as a player in 2009. When he did not make the active roster he choose instead to become the team's bullpen catcher.
Jason Phillips signed his card in the set for me from an autograph request mailed to the Mariners training camp in Arizona on March 2, 2009.