Steve Phillips fired by ESPN

Ex-Mets general manager Steve Phillips, pictured during a Ex-Mets general manager Steve Phillips, pictured during a news conference that announced the firing of manager Bobby Valentine, admitted to having an affair with 22-year-old coworker, Brooke Hundley. (September 30, 2002) Photo Credit: Newsday / Ken Sawchuk

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Steve Phillips is out at ESPN, less than a week after his brief but stormy summertime affair with a 22-year-old production assistant came to light. The network made the announcement last night during Game 6 of the ALCS, which Phillips normally would have been analyzing in a TV studio.

"Steve Phillips is no longer working for ESPN," the network said in a statement.

"His ability to be an effective representative for ESPN has been significantly and irreparably damaged, and it became evident it was time to part ways."

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Phillips' representative, Steve Lefkowitz, last night issued a statement saying Phillips "is voluntarily admitting himself to an in-patient treatment facility to address his personal issues."

The statement did not specify the nature of the personal issues, but Phillips was believed to be planning to check himself in several days before ESPN made its announcement.

Phillips previously had taken a leave of absence after details emerged of his relationship with Brooke Hundley, whom he met when the two were working at the All-Star Game in St. Louis.

Phillips and his wife, Marni, issued statements to police describing harassing phone calls by Hundley after the relationship ended, and at least one visit by Hundley to their Wilton, Conn., home in mid-August.

Phillips, 46, had risen steadily on ESPN's depth chart, joining Jon Miller and Joe Morgan in the game booth on Sunday nights. During his time as the Mets' general manager, he admitted to extramarital affairs, at least one with a person on the team's staff.

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