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Well, baseball is a business and a beloved player has been released from the Rays. Brett Phillips, who is a Seminole native and had an iconic World Series moment, is no longer a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Brett was designated for assignment by the Rays after they acquired Astros center fielder, Jose Siri. Brett is hitting .147 with five homers, 14 RBIs and a .514 OPS in 75 games. Rays baseball operations president Erik Neander said about Siri, “The physical abilities are pretty spectacular on both sides of the ball — it’s premium-premium tools.”

Brett took to his Twitter and said, “Rays fans it’s been an absolute pleasure and honor to play for my hometown team. It sucks but we all know business is business. I’m going to dust myself off and keep moving forward, but I appreciate each and everyone of y’all for the support the last couple years. We’ve had a heckuva time. All I ask is you guys continue to go out there and support the Rays. I’ve seen this fanbase grow in the last couple years and it’s been awesome. Until next time and never forget baseball is fun baby. God bless.”

Brett was born right here in Seminole and attended Seminole High School. He graduated from there in 2012.  Drafted by the Houston Astros in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. In 2015 the Milwaukee Brewers traded fore Brett and then he was traded again to the Kansas City Royals in 2018. He Joined the Rays in August on 2020 and just two months later he became a World Series hero.

Brett had an iconic moment in the 2020 World Series where he had a game winning hit in the Bottom of the 9th inning to win Game 4 against the Dodgers. He then ran around the field doing the airplane. This is a moment that Rays fans will always remember from this beloved player that was released by the Rays.

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