Memories of
Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips
Born: May 18, 1963

Steve Phillips was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on July 13, 2009.

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • General Manager 1997 - 2003

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April 6, 2005
Made boneheaded trades, giving up good prospects for washed up or disinterested (Hampton) veterans who did little for the club. Couldn't recruit free agents either.

Jonathan Stern
April 20, 2005
I dunno. He was certainly the whipping boy around here in 2002 and 2003. I was among the many who whipped him, of course. However, until I know to what extent, if any, his hands were tied by the Wilpons, I hesitate to judge him. We Mets fans are owed an explanation for everything that has happened since the Subway Series. Hopefully, a beat writer might someday offer one in the form of a book.

Speaking of the Subway Series, you can't take that away from Steve. Currently, he is doing a great job as a commentator on ESPN. He is a natural before the cameras and is reportedly not interested in leaving ESPN for another front office. I wouldn't be either if I were him.

April 27, 2005
Put in an un-winnable position, and in the end he paid the price by being fired. Not all his decisions were wise, but no one can be 100 percent perfect all the time. His current gig with ESPN is a lot less stressful, I am sure. So in the end he won. Good for you, Steve.

Kell Von Kull
May 9, 2005
Looking back, Steve Phillips must have known something when he chose not to sign A-Rod in the early 2000s. I think it was more than all the "perks" he was seeking. I believe that with Shea's sometimes windy climate and it being configured for pitchers, Rodriguez would not have had the success he experienced with Texas. Don't get me wrong; he would have put up, say, 30-35 home runs and hit close to .300; but it's likely the fans would've been hard on him.

Smart move, Steve. You avoided the big contract and perhaps guys like Pedro and Beltran would have been playing for other teams.

Feat Fan
February 17, 2010
Has been an easy target for those that are ignorant to addiction. Deserves major kudos and support for battling these demons and does not have the luxury of doing so as a private citizen would. Wishing you a slow recovery and progressive victory.

Scott From Westchester
April 26, 2010
Humble, personable, authentic and truthful, the guy that you follow into battle. Always find great wisdom and strength when you speak. We need you.

Rich B.
November 11, 2011
Well liked by those addicted to stupidity as well as Yankee fans. The Phillips' Follies he put together in 2002 that was supposed to go all the way but instead were last is his true legacy. Not only did that fail, he never could explain why it failed and therefore seemed lost and uncaring similar to Art Howe. But you can't completely blame Art as it was Steve who set him up with such clunkers. I'm not surprised he's a TV analyst now as you know no other team would touch him with a ten-foot pole. It's been almost ten years and the team still hasn't recovered from his ineptitude.

April 6, 2012
He was a pretty good GM until after the 2000 season. Although I think not signing either A-Rod or Manny Ramirez had more to do with the Wilpons. You cannot really blame him for Roberto Alomar not performing. I accidentally bumped into him in the stands at a spring training game in 2002. Seemed like a nice guy. I would say he was a better GM than Omar Minaya.

Charlie O from Oceanside
November 28, 2014
Looking back, he was ideal for the Mets. Wasn't afraid to make moves and a smart noodle who would challenge Wilpon when needed. Bring him back. You won't be sorry!!

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