Andy Phillips (baseball)

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George Andrew "Andy" Phillips (born on April 6, 1977 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is a Major League Baseball utility infielder for the New York Yankees. He bats and throws right-handed.

Phillips was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers as a shortstop in the 41st round of the 1995 draft as a high school senior and again by the New York Yankees in the 7th round of the 1999 draft as a college graduate. He signed with the Yankees but did not reach the major leagues until a call-up session towards the end of the 2004 season; he made his debut on September 14, 2004. Also in 2004, he received the Yankees' Kevin Lawn "Minor-League Player of the Year" Award in a season where he led all Yankees minor-leaguers in batting average (.321) and RBI (101), ranked second in HR (30), and was voted the Most Valuable Player of the International League All Star Game after hitting a 10th inning walk-off home run.

In his first major league AB, he hit a home run over the Green Monster in Fenway Park off Terry Adams of the Yankees' rival, the Boston Red Sox. Phillips is one of three players to homer in his first AB as a Yankee, joining Bubba Crosby and Todd Zeile. Since then, his time at the major league level has been limited to injury replacement and late season call-up. Phillips earned the 2005 James P. Dawson Award as the Yankees' top rookie in spring training, but players, such as Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Tino Martinez, Robinson Cano, and formerly Alfonso Soriano, have limited his playing time at the Major League Baseball level.

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