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Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies arrested in cocaine bust

Aug 20, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies was arrested in Florida and charged with cocaine possession.
According to Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times he was arrested at 1:10 a.m. and released at 10:52 a.m. after posting a $2,000 bond.
Gillies, who is legally deaf and wears a hearing aid, was one of three prospects acquired from the Mariners in the Cliff Lee trade this offseason.
He hasn’t played in two months because of a hamstring injury and prior to the injury the 21-year-old center fielder hit just .238/.286/.333 in 28 games at Double-A after batting .341 at high Single-A last year.
UPDATE: Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Gillies was arrested at a La Quinta Inn in Clearwater, which is near the Phillies’ spring training complex.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 20, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    As if we didn’t hate the freaking Cliff Lee trade enough…Cocaine Bust??? WTF????

  2. Old Gator - Aug 20, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    I hope the kid had enough time to delete Tim Lincecum’s name and number from his cellphone before the cop confiscated it.

  3. CJ - Aug 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    That trade looks worse and worse every day. Maybe he didn’t hear them coming?

  4. Kiwicricket - Aug 20, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Cocaine and Icing sugar look very similar when pronounced in French….perhaps that’s his best option at this stage. That or “Daryl and Dwight made me do it”

  5. SouthofHeaven - Aug 20, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    He should fit in just fine in Killadelphia.

  6. CJ - Aug 20, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Oh that’s real clever. Did you come up with that all by yourself, or did your mommy have to help you?
    Thing is, Gillies won’t come close to making it to the bigs with the Phillies. Their system is fairly stocked at OF and they have 2 starting caliber outfielders locked up for a while.
    Say what you want about the town, but the players in the Phillies organization (in the majors anyway) happen to be very classy, so no, he wouldn’t fit in so well. And the towns other organizations are largely classy as well.
    It’s the handful of drunken fans at every game that you hear about, and yes, your team has them too. (Wait…do you have a favorite team or do you still root for a new team each year based on the cool colors of their new uniforms, or how good they are right now?). The fans of your team do things just as dumb, but the media doesn’t make as big a stink about your town’s fans for some reason.

  7. Kiwicricket - Aug 20, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Not sure how you can suggest the ‘vomit assault’ thing a nation-wide occurrence. A touch more fabric-softener while washing your underware next time CJ. Lighten up.

  8. Utley's hair - Aug 20, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    It’s not even worth it. They’ll just bring up tasering Santa Claus (to make it sound even less dated) or denting Jimmy Johnson’s helmethead with snowballs (or batteries to show that they have no idea what they’re blathering on about).

  9. Utley's hair - Aug 20, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    And where does CJ mention Vomitgate at all? Only comparisons of juvenile delinquent fans in every team’s fanbase, so nowhere, but thanks for playing.

  10. CJ - Aug 20, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Good point. It’s not nationwide. Actually it’s a global occurrence:
    For those of you who don’t know how to spell certain garments that you (hopefully) wear every day, that means it happens in more places than just Philadelphia, and yes, even outside the country.

  11. CJ - Aug 20, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    I thought the Jimmy Johnson hair thing was becuase of a bet. Someone thought he used so much hairspray you could bean him with a snowball and he wouldn’t even notice.

  12. Ditto65 - Aug 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    But the name connecton would be so cool! (Phillies – Gillies)

  13. NicoSamuelson2 - Aug 20, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Party at the La Quinta!

  14. The Real Shuxion - Aug 20, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    That is what he gets for hanging with Dr. Rockso.

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