Borders returns to lead Crosscutters for third year

Williamsport Crosscutters manager Pat Borders, left, fist bumps one of his players during a game this past year at Bowman Field. The Philadelphia Phillies announced that Borders will return for his third season in Williamsport.

The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that Pat Borders will return for a third season as manager of the Williamsport Crosscutters.

Last season, Borders led the team to a second-place finish in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division with a record of 39-36.  In 2015 under Borders, the team had a league-best 45-33 record resulting in the Cutters first playoff appearance since 2005.

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 sixth 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 on the USA Baseball team that earned a gold medal in the Seoul Olympics in 2000, making him one of just four players to have won both a World Series championship and an Olympic gold medal.

With just 10 more victories Borders will set the Crosscutters mark for most career wins by a manager.  The record of 94 victories is currently held by Andy Stewart who led the teams to 48 wins in 2002 and 46 in 2003 while capturing the NYPL Championship.  Borders will become the first Cutters manager to spend three seasons at the helm of the club.

Joining Borders in the dugout will be second year pitching coach Hector Berrios and coach Tyler Henson. Berrios, who will begin his 20th year as a minor league pitching coach, led the 2016 Cutters pitching staff to a 2.70 ERA in 2016, ranking second in the league. Henson will be making his coaching debut.