Monday, November 2, 2015

World Series MVP

So now the World Series is over and we're heading into the long, dark baseball-less winter, let's look at the last catcher to win World Series MVP before Salvador Perez did it this year.

I am of course, talking about the 1992 World Series MVP, Pat Borders.

Pat Borders was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 6th round of the 1982 draft. He worked his way up from Rookie League Medicine Hat and made his Major League debut in 1988. He was part of a platoon with first Ernie Whitt then Greg Myers, with Borders getting the majority of the playing time starting in 1992.

Borders was a typical catcher for the time period. Solid but not a superstar. .240-.280 average, around 20 doubles, 5-10 homers.

He stayed a Jay until 1994. In 1995, his nomadic stage begins when he played for the Royals and the Astros. In 1996 he played on the Cardinals, the Angels, and the White Sox, generally as a backup or depth player.

 In 1997, 1998 and part of 1999 he was on the Cleveland Indians. The other part of 1999 he was back in Blue Jays colours. 1999 was also the first year since 1987 that he spent time in the minor leagues, playing for the Buffalo Bisons.

In 2000 and 2001, he spent time in Durham, as a member of the Bulls. He was also on the Tacoma Rainiers and played some for the Mariners in 2001.

2002-2004 he spent most of his time in Tacoma with some calls to Seattle. In 2004 he was traded to the Twins, playing 19 games for them.

In 2005, he signed with the Brewers Triple-A team, the Nashville Sounds, and was sold to the Mariners, His final season he spent in Vero Beach and Las Vegas in the Dodgers system. Once he was released by the Dodgers, he retired at the age of 43.

This card  summarizes the 1992 World Series and why Borders won the Series MVP.

He went 9/20, 3 doubles, one Homer and 3 RBI.

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