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Tony Phillips, Gary Woods and Tom Hinkle, former Blue Jays figures, pass away

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    Tony Phillips hit .354 during his brief stay with the Blue Jays, which lasted all of 13 games in 1998. He died February 17 at 56.

    Former Detroit Tigers second baseman Tony Phillips has died. He was 56.

    His death was confirmed by by both the Tigers and the Oakland A's. He died Wednesday in Arizona of an apparent heart attack, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
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    Gary Woods played for the Blue Jays in 1977 and 1978. He died February 19, 2015 at 61, but his death was not reported here.

    MESA, Ariz. - Chicago White Sox scout and former Cubs outfielder Gary Woods passed away at his home in Solvang, Calif., the team confirmed Friday.

    Woods, 60, spent the final four of his nine major league seasons with the Cubs. Woods was traded from the Houston Astros for Jim Tracy and didn't commit an error in 117 games in 1982.
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    Tom Hinkle scouted for the Blue Jays. He died in November 2013, but his death was not reported here.

    A reason the Blue Jays reeled off 11-consecutive winning seasons was building from the amateur draft.

    If there was a player from California, former Toronto scout Tom Hinkle saw him.

    Speedster or slugger.

    High schooler or collegian.

    From doing background on whether Shawn Green would sign or attend Stanford University, or giving a thumbs up to Michael Young or putting his two cents in on 54th rounder Chris Woodward, Hinkle was there.

    The Jays’ California scouting supervisor battled other major league clubs for players for decades.

    He was at tournament in Las Vegas 15 years ago, became ill on the Friday, jumped in the car and drove home to Atascadero, Calif. and Easter Sunday doctors performed surgery as his battle against cancer began.

    Hinkle, 71, lost his battle to cancer Saturday morning.
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    Last edited by Cowtipper; 02-20-2016, 01:54 PM.

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