Jason Phillips
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Jason Phillips
Jason Phillips
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 102 of 1043 players
Jason Lloyd Phillips
Born: September 27, 1976 at La Mesa, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 177

Jason Phillips has been the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup 21 times, most recently on March 13, 2013.

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First Mets game: September 19, 2001
Last Mets game: October 1, 2004

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September 3, 2002
As a fan and a friend, a big congrats to Jason on being promoted on Sunday. I hate to see Mike out, but this is long overdue for Jason, even if it is temporary. He had a great season with the Tides. Next year should be exciting to see what happens.

Joe Figliola
September 27, 2002
He's a pretty smooth player. If Valentine was smart and if Phillips has a good spring next year, I'd bring him north. And if Piazza is still reluctant to play first base, why not groom Vance Wilson to play a little first and third base and have Phillips as catcher/pinch hitter.

The Mets need more young guns like Jason on their roster next year. And if their enthusiasm and ability to produce comes through, it may become contagious to those veterans (and they know who they are). Perhaps they'll be able to produce as large as their salaries.

May 19, 2003
The more I see of this guy, the more I like him - not just because those cool glasses he wears harkens back to the ones worn by former Reds' 3B, Chris "Spuds MacKenzie" Sabo during their 1990 World Championship year. Jason can hit and seems to be pretty good behind the plate, too. Bravo for the Mets' youth movement, even if it was forced by injuries to key other players. Hopefully, Jason will have company in the future after we pawn off Alomar, Benitez, Burnitz, Sanchez, Astacio and others and get younger players to replace them.

July 25, 2003
I like him a good deal, but I think I like him best as a supersub, 1B-C-3B-OF. Apparently he owns an outfielder's glove and is willing to give it a try! He could get 100 starts and 400 at-bats among those positions.

Bill Deegan
August 2, 2003
I'm beginning to believe we have something here. Has maintained that .300 plus average with several recent multiple hit games. Should probably see more time behind the plate once Mike achieves the home run record for catchers (once he gets off the DL) and plays first base.

August 8, 2003
What's not to like about this guy? His attitude and hitting ability have provided a breath of fresh air to a stale organization. I was terrified that Steve Phillips would end up trading him for some garbage like Chan Ho Park, but it appears the Mets have some long-range plans for Jason. Thank god this Phillips outlived the other Phillips.

Mr. Sparkle
August 12, 2003
The guy can flat out hit. I was hesitant to praise him too much at first but he has been very consistent, has stayed over .300 and seems like he has a clue. It would be nice to see him develop a little more power. He's slower than Rusty Staub but I like him over Vance Wilson next year behind the plate while Piazza is at first.

Phil Thiegou
August 12, 2003
UP lN THE AlR JR. BlRDMAN!!! His goggles has made him a cult hero, his determination will make him a hero, period.

Joe FIgliola
August 13, 2003
I was right about having a Met catcher learn a little first and third base, but it was the wrong fellow. Seems like Jason is showing a lot more versatility than Vance Wilson, and that's not a knock towards Vance. He (Wilson) is a specialist, while Jason seems to be more athletic and can adapt better to other positions.

Jason has a great stretch at first for a little fellow, but must learn to be a little more focused, especially when catching the ball. However, I think he'd be a pretty decent third baseman. Why not teach him that position, move Ty Wigginton to second, have Piazza make the transition to first, and have Justin Huber come up and split time with Vance? I think this would be a great way to maximize the most out of your players in terms of ability.

However, I'm going to get some arguments here that if you do such a thing, it might turn such talented minor league players such as Victor Diaz (2B) into stunted, AAA guys that might not get a full chance in the bigs.

Regardless where he plays, Jason's a good one!

My Two Sons
September 30, 2003
I just wanted to say what a nice guy Jason Phillips is. On Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003 we were at Shea Stadium for my son's 8th birthday. After the game we waited around because my son wanted to see if he could get an autograph or two. As the Mets pulled out in their vehicles, they all sped past the fans that were waiting. After about 1/2 hour, there weren't many fans left waiting, but my son wouldn't leave until every Met left. As Jason, his wife and son went past in their vehicle, my son flashed the back of his Mets shirt which was a "Phillips 23" shirt. Jason pulled his car over and gave all of the waiting fans an autograph. My son was elated. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was for him. I guess all I wanted to say is that Jason Phillips is not only a great ball player, but also a very kind man who treats his fans right!

Joe Figliola
October 3, 2003
It hurts not to see Jason finish with a .300 batting average. He deserved it, and I think this might cost him a shot at Rookie of the Year. I didn't think that Dontrelle Willis was that hot in the second half of the year; Marlon Byrd was all mouth; who the hell is Scott Podsednik?; and Brandon Webb? Good ERA but barely a .500 record.

By the way, great story about Jason pulling over to sign autographs. We need more like him!

Bob P
October 3, 2003
Jason was one of the few bright spots in a dismal season. He clearly was one of the top five rookies in the National League. But I'd be a little more excited about Jason if he were 22 or 23 years old, not 27. To put it in perspective against some familiar names, Jason is: 14 months younger than A-Rod; 10 months younger than J.D. Drew; 2 weeks older than Pat Burrell; and 7 months older than Andruw Jones.

Most stars and solid players in the majors are hitting their peak around the age of 27. Jason has a total of just over 400 major league at bats.

Maybe this was Jason's peak year, or maybe Jason will be one of those rare players who has a solid career after getting to the majors in his late 20s. I'm not counting on him to be an all-star. I hope I'm wrong.

November 11, 2003
Jason Phillips has shown some great promise. He's strong, he's very intelligent, and he can find ways to make the count go his way. He went .300+ for the bulk of the season, only to miss it by 2 points. He was a contender for NL Rookie of the Year, only to lose to Dontrelle Willis of Florida. But all in all, he proved that age is never a factor, heart is. I just hope that he will use this as incentive lead the Mets next year.

January 3, 2004
Funny...This player is a catcher who took on first base without any crying, or fear. He just wants to play big league ball. The other catcher we have has had every excuse in the book not to try, and has had the ownwership and front office do everything to justify not doing whatever it takes to let him NOT help the ballclub improve.

Rich Shafran
January 5, 2004
This guy is absolutely amazing. I'm really glad that Jason is getting his full-time chance in the bigs. When I saw Jason hit I knew this is what we need for years to come. He reminds me a lot of Edgardo Alfonzo. He makes the pitcher give him a good pitch and he just tries to put the ball in play. I'm predicting this guy's stats to be around .315 average, 20 HR's, 85 RBI's and 190 hits. He would be a great number 2, 3 or 5 hitter. May not get 2 because of speed, but he would also be great to hit behind Floyd, Cameron, or Piazza.

January 24, 2004
Jason Philips is the best thing to happen to the Mets in quite some time. He's got a good eye at the plate and good power. He has adequate range at first and is a good catcher. He will be a star, and will one day lead the Mets all the way.

April 1, 2004
I agree with Danny, Jason Phillips desereves to be the Mets starting first baseman and 2nd string catcher. He worked so hard to get up to the majors and I too believe he will help the Mets a tremendous amount. Also the show he put on last year probably made Met management more confident in the Mets minor league system.

April 9, 2004
I love Jason-he is very quietly becoming a good solid ball player, and an important part of the future I just hope Wilpon & co. realizes it and doesn't trade him for some washed-up has been.

Jonathan Stern
May 22, 2004
Last year's feel-good story is increasingly becoming this year's tummy ache. Given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a big leaguer, he made good in 2003. But in 2004, after getting off to a .130 start, he called a press conference to complain about his benching. Really dumb, especially since he is lucky to be here in the first place and has yet to achieve true status as a major league player.

Today, his average is up all the way to .172. With Piazza playing 1B in this afternoon's upcoming game (what a radical concept!), Howe was asked about who was catching. His response: "I'm just going to play Vance or what's his face?"


Mr. Sparkle
June 19, 2004
Jason was great in 2003 but has been a total zero in 2004. He needs to turn things around quickly before he is categorized as a flash in the pan. Right now I consider him an automatic out. His swing reminds me of Jeromy Burnitz. I'd love to get on the goggles band wagon but right now he and Mike Cameron are killing this team.

July 1, 2004
Jason looks bad at the plate right now. He needs to do two things, keep his balance at the plate, everytime he swings he looks like he's coming out of his cleats, and he has to shorten that goofy swing of his. He seemed to correct these two things when he was up with Mets last year, hopefully new hitting coach Don Baylor will see this and correct it and get Jason back to his 2003 form. (I never thought I'd want to see any Met in their 2003 form, but in Jason's case I do.)

Bob Sagget
July 29, 2004
Phillips is definitely a flash in the pan. A folk hero in 2003, he has done nothing this year and deserves to be dumped before he leaves any more runners stranded in scoring position. The slowest man in baseball is a deep hole in our lineup. The Mets need a catcher and Jason, goggles and all, is not the answer.

September 24, 2004
I play American Legion Ball, Jason Phillips is my favorite player, and I wear #23 in honor of him. Plus, my uniform is too big, and I have black glasses. No goatee yet, though.

Mr. Sparkle
September 24, 2004
This guy has no business being on a major league roster. He is one of the worst players I have ever seen. To be hitting .203 on 9/2 is a joke. He is slower than Rusty Staub and hits into more double plays than Joe Torre. He's an automatic out. How did he stay on the roster all year long?

Frank Grimes
September 24, 2004
He's so slow and unclutch that he's the only man I know of that can hit into a double play with no runners on base.

March 21, 2005
Other than complaining about his benching, Phillips played the game the right way. While we needed a solid #5 starter, I will miss Phillips. What do we do for a backup catcher for when Piazza takes a break?

March 22, 2005
He wasn't the best guy on the field, certainly not the speediest, but he gave it his all! Remembering some of the recent players on the Mets, that should have meant something! I hope he does well in L.A.,and plays every day. In time, I think we'll grow to hate this move! Not too many catchers pick up a first base mitt and do the job he did! Good luck, Jason. I wish you the best!

April 19, 2005
Granted that Phillips had an off-year last year offensively, I think that Phillps is a talented player, especially with his defense, and being in LA will give him the chance to play every day that being in NY didn't. I wish Jason nothing but the best.

James Damion
July 11, 2005
I loved watching this guy play 1st Base. Not the most conventionial but fun to watch. I was hoping he would stick with the Mets but we got saddled with Ishii. My wife and I often referred to him as "Goggle Guy."

August 20, 2006
Jason Phillips came up to fill for Piazza, did an admirable job...but then performed terribly. Unfortunately, the main things I will remember him for are his glasses, his oversized uniform, and his ugly swing.

Ramblin' Pete
March 31, 2007
A true inspiration for all of us who wear glasses.

And sport the occasional goatee.

Jared K
June 7, 2007
Sometime during the late 2003 or early 2004 season (I think that's when it was; the horrific baseball just seems to blend together for me and I'm too lazy to look it up) the Mets made Piazza play a few games at first so that they could test out Jason Phillips, their "catcher of the future".

What the EFF were they thinking?! This Met franchise is terrible to their all-stars and mainstays! From Seaver being traded away, to not retiring #17 Keith Hernandez, to making Reyes play 2nd for a year to make room for Kaz Matsui.... god it's a wonder ANYBODY good wants to play for this team!

July 14, 2011
Always was a fan of Goggles Pizano as I loved to call him. Part of a long list of journeymen Mets that fans would grow to love.

Mark Corrao
December 6, 2012
I liked him, good glove, arm and bat. Nice guy. Was the slowest human being I ever saw running the bases.

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