Steve Phillips

Stephen Francis "Steve" Phillips (born May 18, 1963) is an American baseball analyst and former baseball executive. He served as the general manager of the New York Mets from 1997 through 2003. He worked as a baseball analyst for ESPN from 2005 until his dismissal in October 2009. He currently serves as an MLB analyst on TSN and TSN 1050 radio as well as the host of The Leadoff Spot on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio.[1]

Steve Phillips
Stephen Francis Phillips

May 18, 1963 (age 56)
ResidenceWilton, Connecticut
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationBaseball analyst, executive
Years active1990–present
EmployerSIRIUS XM Radio (current), (current), ESPN (prior), New York Mets (prior)
Known forGeneral manager of the New York Mets, baseball analyst
Home townDetroit, MI
Spouse(s)Kathleen Phillips

Early life

Phillips was offered a football scholarship to Northwestern University after high school - he even signed a letter of intent - but opted instead to sign a professional baseball contract after being drafted by the New York Mets. Phillips attended De La Salle Collegiate High School in Detroit, Michigan, and later earned a psychology degree from the University of Michigan during baseball's offseasons.

Playing career

Phillips was drafted by the New York Mets in the 1981 amateur draft. From 1981 to 1987, he played for six different minor league teams in the Mets and Detroit Tigers organizations. Playing mostly as a second baseman and shortstop, Phillips batted .250 with 22 home runs and 215 RBI in 618 games.[2]

New York Mets executive

He joined the Mets' front office in 1990, was named director of minor league operations on October 2, 1991, was promoted to general manager on July 16, 1997, and was fired by chief executive officer Fred Wilpon on June 12, 2003 after a 29–35 start to the season. The Mets replaced him with assistant GM Jim Duquette on an interim basis.[3][4]

In the late 1990s, Phillips assembled a Mets team made up of stars, such as Al Leiter, Mike Piazza, and Robin Ventura, and excellent role players, that played in the 2000 World Series against the New York Yankees. He is also credited with drafting David Wright, Scott Kazmir, and Lastings Milledge, and signing José Reyes. Additionally, Phillips is criticized for acquiring aging and ineffective players with large contracts such as Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Pedro Astacio, Mike Bordick, Bobby Bonilla, Rickey Henderson, Kenny Rogers, and Jeromy Burnitz. He had an uneasy, if not volatile relationship with manager Bobby Valentine, and when Phillips decided to fire Valentine before the 2003 season, many expected the GM to be next. He traded future star, Jason Bay, and also attempted to trade star shortstop José Reyes to the Cleveland Indians.[5]

Phillips is often erroneously blamed for trading Kazmir to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Victor Zambrano on the July 31, 2004 trade deadline. Kazmir went on to become an All Star, while Zambrano never made an impact with the Mets and was out of major league baseball a few years later. It was, however, his successor as GM, Jim Duquette and Jeff Wilpon who made the deal.[6]

Harassment allegations

For a brief stint in 1998, Phillips took a leave of absence as general manager because of allegations of sexual harassment. He admitted to consensual sex with the woman, Rosa Rodriguez,[7] who filed the suit, as well as multiple other affairs, but denied harassment and the civil suit was settled out of court. Phillips was away from the team for a total of eight days. The Mets defended Phillips privately and publicly, and the alleged victim's attorney was even quoted as believing in his sincerity.[8]

Broadcasting career

ESPN analyst

Phillips was hired as a baseball color analyst for ESPN prior to the 2005 baseball season, and was a regular on the nightly programs Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter. He primarily served as a game analyst during Wednesday Night Baseball telecasts through 2008, moving to the Sunday Night Baseball booth the following season. He also served as an analyst on Monday Night Baseball.

As an analyst he was critical of the Cincinnati Reds Rule 5 Draft acquisition, Josh Hamilton, stating that Hamilton, who had walked away from the game because of substance abuse issues, was being given the chance to make the major league team (through the Rule 5 draft) without spending the time in the minor leagues which the other players had, thus sending the wrong message to those players.[9]

Firing from ESPN

On September 2, 2009, Phillips' wife of 19 years, Marni, filed for divorce.[10]

On October 21, 2009 Phillips revealed that he had been involved in an affair with a 22-year-old ESPN production assistant.[11] After an initial suspension by ESPN, Phillips was fired by the company on October 25, 2009.[12]

Career after ESPN

In April 2010, Phillips began contributing a weekly baseball segment on WFAN New York, with afternoon host Mike Francesa, scheduled to continue through baseball season. Around the MLB trade deadline, Phillips co-hosted a few three-hour radio shows on the station as well.[13]

On October 4, 2010, Phillips joined the cast of the Mad Dog Radio channel on SIRIUS XM Radio as the co-host of the Gary & Phillips In the Morning Show with Gary Williams.[14] After Williams' departure to NBC to host the Golf Channel's morning show, Dan Graca served as Phillips' co-host on an interim basis. Later, Phillips co-hosted Evan and Phillips with Evan Cohen in the same morning time slot.

In 2012, Phillips was tabbed to serve as a radio analyst for a limited schedule of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim games distributed nationally by Compass Media Networks.[15]

Phillips currently works as a host on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio on The Leadoff Spot with CJ Nitkowski & Eduardo Perez.

Phillips currently works as a baseball analyst on TSN 1050 radio in Toronto, also appearing nationally on television as an insider on TSN in Canada.[16]

Video games

Phillips was a color commentator alongside Gary Thorne and John Kruk in Major League Baseball 2K9, Major League Baseball 2K10, Major League Baseball 2K11, Major League Baseball 2K12, and MLB 2K13.


  1. ^ Talent - Steve Phillips
  2. ^ "Steve Phillips Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Stark, Jayson (June 13, 2003). "Phillips fired with Mets mired in last place". Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  4. ^ "New York Mets -- Named Steve Phillips director ..." Baltimore Sun. October 2, 1991. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  5. ^ "The Indians Missed the Boat On Jose Reyes". March 12, 2007. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Mokha, Kavita; Siemaszko, Corky (October 23, 2009). "A love mistress of Steve Phillips Rosa Rodriguez who slept with then-Mets GM in 1998, resurfaces". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on October 26, 2009.
  8. ^ Williams, Lena (November 26, 1998). "BASEBALL; Mets Settle Claim of Harassment". The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  9. ^ Phillips, Steve (March 9, 2007). "There's another side to Hamilton story". Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  10. ^ Phillips Divorce Complaint. October 21, 2009
  11. ^ McShane, Larry (October 22, 2009). "Jilted mistress, 22, may cost Steve Phillips, ESPN analyst & ex-Mets GM, his career". Archived from the original on October 23, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  12. ^ "Steve Phillips Fired By ESPN". Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  13. ^ "Phillips to do weekly segment on WFAN - ESPN, Baseball". Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  14. ^ "Steve Phillips Joins SIRIUS XM's All-Sports Mad Dog Radio Channel" PR Newswire, 30 September 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  15. ^ "Carrino, Quis to call Angels baseball". 2012-05-15. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014.
  16. ^ "Steve Phillips - Detail - TSN". Retrieved August 19, 2015.

External links

Preceded by
Joe McIlvaine
New York Mets General Manager
Succeeded by
Jim Duquette
1977–78 Brentford F.C. season

During the 1977–78 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Fourth Division. 58 goals from Steve Phillips and Andrew McCulloch helped the club to a 4th-place finish and promotion to the Third Division. Phillips' 36 goals was the most in English league football by any player during the season.

1978–79 Brentford F.C. season

During the 1978–79 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division. After a rude awakening to third-tier football, the Bees ended the season strongly to finish in 10th position.

1979–80 Brentford F.C. season

During the 1979–80 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division. Despite challenging for promotion in the first half of the season, a barren run between December 1979 and March 1980 meant that the Bees' Third Division status was only preserved on the final day of the season.

2006–07 Bristol Rovers F.C. season

The 2006–07 season was the 124th year of football played by Bristol Rovers, and their 80th season in The Football League, and covers the period from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007. After finishing sixth in Football League Two, Rovers won the playoff final for the first time in their history, and won promotion for only the fourth time since joining The Football League. The previous promotions were all automatic, and came in the 1952–53, 1973–74 and 1989–90 seasons.The season began with a subdued atmosphere among fans, caused by six previous seasons of poor performances and a bitter boardroom split, resulting in four directors leaving the club. However, as the season progressed the team gradually climbed up the league and reached the fourth round of the FA Cup, and the final of the Football League Trophy.

Athletics at the 1998 Commonwealth Games – Men's long jump

The men's long jump event at the 1998 Commonwealth Games was held 19–20 September in Kuala Lumpur.

Kirk Radomski

Kirk J. Radomski (born 1969) (colloquially known by players as Murdock) is a former batboy and clubhouse employee for the New York Mets Major League Baseball team from 1985–1995, who on April 27, 2007 pleaded guilty in United States district court to money laundering and illegal distribution of anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, Clenbuterol, amphetamines and other drugs to "dozens of current and former Major League Baseball players, and associates, on teams throughout Major League Baseball." He faced a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, but he was sentenced to 5 years probation and ordered to pay a fine of $18,575 due to his cooperation with the federal government and the Mitchell Report.

List of Brentford F.C. Hall of Fame members

Brentford Football Club is an English professional football club based in Brentford, London. Between 1897 and 1920, the first team competed in the London League, Southern League and Western League. Since 1920, the first team has competed in the Football League and other nationally and internationally organised competitions. All players who have been inducted into the club's Hall of Fame are listed below.

The Brentford Hall of Fame was founded in 1991 and the inaugural inductions were former players Idris Hopkins, Joe James and former player and manager Malky MacDonald. Former players Joe Crozier, Ted Gaskell, Steve Phillips and Ted Price were the most recent inductees in May 2019 and the total number of members is 58. The Hall of Fame is administered jointly by the club and the Brentford F.C. Former Players’ Association.

List of ESPN Major League Baseball broadcasters

ESPN Major League Baseball broadcasters are listed below, including games broadcast only on ESPN currently and formerly.

List of Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio broadcasters

Listed below is a list of Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio broadcasters by both name and year since the program's debut on ESPN Radio in 1998.

List of National League Division Series broadcasters

The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the National League Division Series. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

List of New York Mets owners and executives

The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Queens, in New York City, New York. They play in the National League East division. In the team's history (1962-), the Mets have employed 12 general managers (GMs). The GM controls player transactions, hiring and firing of the coaching staff, and negotiates with players and agents regarding contracts. The longest-tenured GM is Frank Cashen, who held the position for 11 years (1980–1990).

Mark Knopfler

Mark Freuder Knopfler ( NOP-flər; born 12 August 1949) is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and film score composer. He was the lead guitarist, lead singer, and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his younger brother, David Knopfler, in 1977. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised near Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Since Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler has recorded and produced nine solo albums and, as with his previous band, produced many hit songs. He has composed and produced film scores for nine films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), Wag the Dog (1997) and Altamira (2016).In addition to his work with Dire Straits, Knopfler has, as a solo artist, recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, including B.B. King, Chet Atkins, Chris Botti, John Anderson, the Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Bryan Ferry, George Jones, Phil Lynott, Donal Lunny, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, Emmylou Harris and James Taylor, sometimes working as a session musician. He has produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, and Randy Newman.

Knopfler is a fingerstyle guitarist and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. As of 2009, Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million records. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Knopfler is the recipient of the Edison Award, the Steiger Award and the Ivor Novello Award, as well as holding three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United Kingdom. Knopfler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dire Straits in 2018. He continues to perform live; his 2019 tour through Europe and the US is ongoing.

Steve Phillips (disambiguation)

Steve Phillips (born 1963) is a baseball analyst and former general manager of the New York Mets.

Steve Phillips may also refer to:

Steve Phillips (musician) (born 1948), English blues and country musician who played with the Notting Hillbillies

Steve Phillips (footballer, born 1954), English football forward with a number of clubs in the 1970s and 1980s

Steve Phillips (footballer, born 1978), English football goalkeeper with Bristol City and Bristol Rovers in the 1990s and 2000s

Steve Phillips (outfielder) (born 1968), American minor league baseball player, instructor and manager

Steve Phillips (Political Leader), bestselling author, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress

Steven Randy Phillips, better known as Randy Phillips (born 1990), used social media to reveal his homosexuality while serving in the U.S. military

Steve Phillips (long jumper), British long jumper at the Athletics at the 1998 Commonwealth Games – Men's long jump

Steve Phillips (footballer, born 1954)

Steven Edward Phillips (born 4 August 1954) is an English former professional footballer who had a long career as a forward for a number of teams in the Football League in the 1970s and 1980s. He scored 200 goals from 562 league appearances.

Steve Phillips (footballer, born 1978)

Steven John Phillips (born 6 May 1978 in Bath, Somerset) is an English football goalkeeper, who was most recently goalkeeping coach at Yeovil Town.

Steve Phillips (musician)

Steve Phillips (born 18 February 1948) is an English blues and country musician. He is mainly renowned for being part of the supergroup The Notting Hillbillies along with the Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and Brendan Croker.

The Baseball Show

The Baseball Show is a Major League Baseball talk show on ESPN Radio. It is heard every Sunday for three hours and thirty-five minutes from 4 p.m. ET to 7:35 p.m. ET during the Major League Baseball regular season. The program is hosted by GameNight personality Ryen Russillo (since 2007) and featured former New York Mets GM and former Baseball Tonight analyst Steve Phillips until his firing from ESPN. The show was previously hosted by Karl Ravech in 2005 and John Seibel in 2006.

For affiliates carrying the Sunday Night Baseball game on radio, The Baseball Show goes on leading up to the games at 8 p.m. ET.

Throughout the program, Russillo discusses some of the biggest stories in baseball and updates you on all of the happening around the league. They are often joined by either players or coaches following the games to get instant reaction. Dan Shulman joins the program weekly to discuss the Sunday Night Baseball game, which he calls on ESPN Radio. The Baseball Tonight update anchor is Joe D'Ambrosio.

For the 2008 post-season, ESPN Radio had SportsNation on ESPN Radio replaced for The Baseball Show on Tuesday through Thursday, typically leading up to the ESPN Radio baseball pre-game show for the late game, but hosts John Seibel and former MLB player Orestes Destrade kept the same responsibilities they have for SportsNation by hosting the 2​1⁄2 show, mostly focusing on baseball but with occasional football talk due to the season.

The Notting Hillbillies

The Notting Hillbillies were a country rock project formed by British singer-songwriter Mark Knopfler in May 1986. The group consisted of Knopfler (guitar and vocals), Steve Phillips (guitar and vocals), Brendan Croker (guitar and vocals), Guy Fletcher (keyboards and vocals), Paul Franklin (pedal steel), Marcus Cliffe (bass), and Ed Bicknell (drums). They gave their first performance at a small club in Leeds, and followed up with a tour.The Notting Hillbillies recorded just one album, Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time, released on Vertigo in the UK (Warner Bros. in the US) in 1990, before returning to concentrate on their primary musical outlets. The Notting Hillbillies reunited several times for charity gigs. In May 1997 the Hillbillies went on an 11 show tour in the UK.The Town & Country Club in Leeds on 3 July 1993 only featured the Knopfler-Croker-Philips trio. The set list included the only known live performances of two Dire Straits songs : "Ticket To Heaven" and "How Long". The Notting Hillbillies had previously performed "When It Comes to You" in 1990, before it was actually recorded and issued by Dire Straits on their final album On Every Street, in 1991. At the height of their fame, the Notting Hillbillies were the musical guest on the 19 May 1990 episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Candice Bergen.

The concert at The City Hall in Newcastle on 6 July 1993 featured Alan Clark on keyboards, his only appearance with the band. Ed Bicknell and Marcus Cliffe were also present. This was the last time that Clark played with Knopfler within a full band.

In 1993, two shows were performed, both without Guy Fletcher.

The Rainmakers (band)

The Rainmakers are a Kansas City, Missouri-based original rock band, fronted by Bob Walkenhorst, which had a small string of hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the United States and Europe, especially Norway.


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