Former MLB outfielder Tony Scott dies at 72

May 29th, 2024

Former 11-year big-leaguer and longtime coach Tony Scott passed away on Sunday at the age of 72.

Selected in the 71st round of the 1969 MLB Draft by the Expos, Scott carved out an extended career in the Majors based on his speed (125 career stolen bases) and strong center-field defense. Scott spent his first three seasons and his final campaign with the Expos, played five years with the Cardinals and four with the Astros.

After playing the 1976 season in the Minors for the Expos, Scott was traded to the Cardinals, where he spent the majority of his career. In his half-decade with St. Louis, Scott played in 532 games and stole 87 bases as the primary center fielder for the Cards for much of that time.

Scott was traded to Houston in the middle of the ‘81 season and played the next three seasons with the Astros, making it to the playoffs for the first time (1981 National League Division Series vs. Dodgers). After the Astros released him during the '84 season, Scott joined the Expos once again for a final 45-game stint.

Scott’s time in baseball continued after his playing days. He spent 12 years coaching in the Phillies’ farm system from 1989-2000 and coached at the Major League level from 2000-01.