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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Tony Lozinski overcame spring mental mistake to make AA; Saw three pro seasons

A Wilkes-Barre Times Leader columnist touched on Phillies minor league camp in spring 1989 and highlighted a young Tony Lozinski, just not for something Lozinski would want to be highlighted. 

The catcher had committed a mental mistake during a base-running drill, eliciting "screams of 'What are you doing?'" from coaches there, The Times Leader columnist wrote.

"Hopefully, the 21-year-old Lozinski will do something to make up for the momentary hesitation sometime soon," The Times Leader columnist wrote.

Whatever he did beyond that, his 1989 season proved brief, seven appearances spent at short-season Batavia. He went on to make AA the next season, but that season also proved his last.

Lozinski's career began in 1988, taken by the Phillies in the ninth round of the draft out of the University of the Pacific. Lozinski was also credited by his formal name, Anthony Lozinski.

Lozinski started with the Phillies at short-season Batavia and rookie Martinsville. He saw 12 games at Batavia and two at Martinsville. He hit .268.

He then returned for those seven games at Batavia in 1989 and went 1 for 19.

Lozinski played 1990 between high-A Clearwater and AA Reading. He picked up three RBI in a May game at Clearwater. Later, at Reading in August, he committed two errors on steal attempts.

Lozinski hit .221 over his 46 games that year. He returned for spring 1991, but he didn't get into another regular season game. 

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,764
Made the Majors:1,274-33.9%
Never Made Majors:2,490-66.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:524
10+ Seasons in the Minors:313

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