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Former big leaguers Tony Phillips and Mike Marshall fight as Jose Canseco manages

Aug 12, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

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When he’s not busy tweeting about his depressing love life Jose Canseco manages the Yuma Scorpions of the independent North American Baseball League, which believe it or not isn’t even close to the weirdest part of this story detailed by Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times.

One of the Yuma players is Tony Phillips, who was teammates with Canseco on the A’s in the 1980s, last played in the majors way back in 1999, and is now 51 years. And not only is he still playing, Phillips is in good enough shape to get into brawl.

But wait, it gets crazier. Monday he got into a fight with Chico Outlaws manager and former Dodgers outfielder Mike Marshall, who’s 51 years old and played against Phillips and Canseco in the 1988 World Series.

(Dilbeck also notes that Marshall dated Belinda Carlisle back in the 1980s, which has absolutely nothing to do with the fight but is nonetheless very impressive for anyone familiar with the Go-Go’s.)

The 5-foot-9 Phillips punched the 6-foot-5 Marshall, who’s now pressing battery charges, and both men have been suspended for three games. And here’s video of the craziness:

  1. bloodysock - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Somebody is going to need to go to Chico’s Bail Bonds.

  2. thefalcon123 - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Even at 51, Phillips is hitting .327/.43/.469 (thought it should be note the entire team has a collective .370 OBP)!

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    So Marshall goes over from the third base coaches box to confront Phillips at third base, gets his ass kicked, and now he is pressing charges? What a pussy. You got your ass kicked dude. Take your lumps and have mommy put some boo boo medicine on it. Don’t get the courts involved you jackass.

    • kopy - Aug 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. If the manager runs onto the field, and punches the base runner, I can understand if the runner wants to press charges. But to run after a guy and press charges when he punches you is just being a jackass who wants to inconvenience the other guy because he’s embarrassed and wants to retaliate.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 12, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      Hahahahahahaahah!!! Same think I was thinking. Too bad Canseco didn’t get involved. I’m sure that one of the Outlaw players would have whooped his ass too.

      • hittfamily - Aug 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM

        Are we sure it was Jose, and not Ozzie, because they have pulled the Switcheroo before.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM

        This is true, hittfamily. Both of the Canseco twins love to switch. I hear they both have the same fighting skills, as well. None.

    • Glenn - Aug 12, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      I agree – it sure looks like Marshall is the aggressor here.

    • cur68 - Aug 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM

      Agree. Phillips threw a great right cross and decked him. You can see the size disparity in the 2 guys, too. The big dude runs into the scene from the left: clearly not intending to give the little dude in red a hug. Little dude drops him with a strait right to the face. Big dude is down on a knee and the little dude backs his first shot with another to the face then the laundry pile ensues as the little guy’s teammates arrive to save his victim’s fat a$$. Takes like 4 or 6 guys to drag the little guy off. Marshall, the big guy, needs exactly 1 dude to hold him back because he’s not intent on getting his a$$ beat some more.

      Tony Phillips can still swing with the big boys.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 12, 2011 at 2:24 PM

      Fiorentino, callin’ it like it is. I wouldn’t go with the P word though, I prefer raging vag…

  4. hep3 - Aug 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    I guess after Marshall left the majors he found a pulse. He slept and jaked through what might have been a really good career.

    In their playing days, Phillips was 5’9″, 155 lbs; Marshall was at 6’5″, 215 lbs. I would take Phillips in that match every time.

  5. marshmallowsnake - Aug 12, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Nose candy does wonders, apparently.

  6. marshmallowsnake - Aug 12, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Looks like Phillips landed a different type of “blow” this time.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 12, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    When is Jose going to get his chance to manage a MLB team? How about the B-Jays? He played there for a few years and they should be canning their coach soon especially after this disaster of a season!

    • TestSubjekt - Aug 12, 2011 at 5:45 PM

      The Blue Jays are not hiring Jose Canseco, nor are they firing John Farrell.

      The Blue Jays are also not experiencing a disastrous season. They’re above .500, which means they’ve won more than they’ve lost.


      • cur68 - Aug 12, 2011 at 7:36 PM

        Easy there Testy: dirtyharry is having some trouble with his locater ankle bracelet. The emitter interferes with his foil hat and makes him cranky. One thing you’re spot on about though: he is an idiot. Just ask his parole officer.

  8. macjacmccoy - Aug 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Battery charges the guy that got punched in the face and is pressing charges is the one who charged the guy at 3rd base. No way that will hold up in court. Hes just as responsible for getting hit as the guy who hit him was. Im sorry but if you come running at me your getting hit. The guy in the red probably felt the same way. He didnt know what the guy was going to do so he reacted. If u dont wanna get hit then dont run up in another mans face.

  9. theotherfamousamos - Aug 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    I love that the umpires are just standing on the pitching mound watching the whole mess unfold.

    You know what they were thinking: “We like being umpires but hey, we’re umpiring in the North American Baseball League. We have basically no chance of ever climbing the umpiring ladder to reach the major leagues so who cares if it looks like we don’t have control of the situation. We don’t get paid nearly enough to get involved with breaking up a fight.”

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