Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Crosscutters News - Borders Returns to Williamsport for Fifth Season

Courtesy of the Williamsport Crosscutters
The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that Pat Borders will return for his fifth season as manager of the Williamsport Crosscutters.

In his four seasons in Williamsport, Borders has an overall record of 154-147 and holds the Cutters managerial career mark for games and wins. 

Borders appeared in a total of 1,099 Major League games over 17 seasons playing for nine different teams.  He spent the most time with the Toronto Blue Jays (1988-1994, 1999) who drafted him in the 6th round of the 1982 draft.

He was the starting catcher for the Blue Jays World Series championship clubs in 1992 and 1993 and was named the World Series MVP in ’92 when he hit .450 in the Fall Classic.  He also was a member of the USA Baseball team that earned a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics, making him one of just four players in history to have won both a World Series championship and an Olympic gold medal.

Joining Borders on the staff will be pitching coach Hector Berrios, hitting coach Joel McKeithan and coach Greg Brodzinski.Berrios, begins his 22nd year as a minor league pitching coach and his fourth in Williamsport. McKeithan, in his first season as a professional coach, played collegiately at Vanderbilt and most recently served as a hitting instructor at Driveline Baseball. Brodzinski who spent last season as a coach with Reading (AA), was an 18th-round selection by Philadelphia in the June 2015 draft.  He appeared in 5 games with Williamsport that season.

Also named to the 2019 staff are athletic trainer Steve Torregrossa who returns to Williamsport for his second season and strength and conditioning coach Jason Polakowski.   

The Crosscutters 2019 opener is scheduled for Friday, June 14 against the State College Spikes.  MVP Membership Plans, Bonus Books and Mini-Plans are now available by calling (570) 326-3389, online at or in-person at BB&T Ballpark.

2019 Phillies Minor League Coaching Staffs Lehigh Valley (AAA): Gary Jones/Manager, Greg Legg/Coach, Darryl Robinson/Coach, Steve Schrenk/Pitching Coach Reading (AA): Shawn Williams /Manager, Nelson Prada/Coach, Kevin Riggs/Coach, Aaron Fultz /Pitching Coach
Clearwater (A): Marty Malloy/Manager, Ruben Gotay/Coach, Tyler Henson/Coach, Brad Bergesen/Pitching Coach
Lakewood (A): Mike Micucci/Manager, Adam Goodwin/Coach, Christian Marrero/Coach, Matt Hockenberry/Pitching Coach
Williamsport (Short A): Pat Borders/Manager, Greg Brodzinski/Coach, Joel McKeithan/Coach, Hector Berrios/Pitching Coach
GCL Phillies East (Rookie): Roly deArmas/Manager, Rafael DeLima/Coach, Charlie Hayes/Coach, Hector Mercado/Pitching Coach
GCL Phillies West (Rookie): Milver Reyes/Manager, Chris Heintz/Coach, Bobby Wernes/Coach, Bruce Billings /Pitching Coach

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