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Brock Pemberton, Tony Phillips and Bernie Beglane, former Mets figures, pass away

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  • Brock Pemberton, Tony Phillips and Bernie Beglane, former Mets figures, pass away

    Brock Pemberton played briefly for the Mets during their years of mediocrity, 1974 and 1975. He was taken by the club in the sixth round of the 1972 amateur draft (a couple picks ahead of future infamous Met Don Aase) and ascended the minor league chain quickly. Though he hit as high as .322 in a minor league campaign, he had just four hits in 24 big league at-bats (though one was a knock off of Hall of Famer Steve Carlton). In 1974, the 20-year-old was the eighth-youngest player in the league. He was also involved in a December 1976 trade that sent himself and Leon Brown to the Cardinals for minor leaguer Ed Kurpiel. Pemberton died February 17 at 62.

    Brock was born on November 5, 1953 and passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

    Brock was a resident of Ardmore, Oklahoma at the time of his passing.

    Brock graduated from Marine High School in 1972.
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    Tony Phillips is mostly remembered for his time with the Athletics and Tigers, but toward the end of his career -- in 1998 -- he played a few dozen games with the Mets. Before the season began, the team showed interest in signing him, but no deal was made. He started his year with the Blue Jays and, after hitting .354 in 48 at-bats for them, was traded to the Mets for pitcher Leo Estrella. He played 52 games for the Mets and made 49 starts sharing time with Todd Hundley as Bernard Gilkey's replacement. On the bright side, he could still draw walks and had a solid .351 on-base percentage. Unfortunately, he hit only .223 in his time with the Mets, and committed a couple errors in the field. 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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    Bernie Beglane was a sportswriter who covered the Mets. He died last August at 88.

    Longtime New York-area sportswriter Bernie Beglane, who founded the athletic administration program at St. John's University, died Wednesday at his home in Hampton Bays after a battle with cancer. He was 88.

    Beglane was born in New York City on Jan. 12, 1927, and was a member of Fairfield University's second graduating class in 1952. He first became a sportswriter for the Long Island Star-Journal and then the Long Island Press until it closed in 1977. He was also a profilic freelancer for almost 60 years for The Associated Press and a myriad of newspapers and magazines.
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