Monday, November 17, 2014

#322 Pat Borders

About the Front: I assume this photo was snapped in the dugout, but it looks like Pat Borders could just as easily be sitting at a train station or in the waiting room of a doctor's office. I don't know why he would do that in full uniform, but maybe he's hoping for preferential treatment.

About the Back: Borders slugged .497 and hit .286 in 1990? That's shocking to me. He had a 120 OPS+ that year; his career mark was 77.

Triple Play:

1. Pat seemed to save his best for the postseason, compiling a career batting line of .315/.339/.414 in 32 career playoff and World Series games. He was named the 1992 World Series MVP after reaching base in 11 of 22 trips to the plate, doubling three times, and hitting a solo homer off of Tom Glavine in Toronto's 2-1 Game Four victory.

2. Though he was not a regular starter after the 1994 season, Borders hung around for parts of 17 big league years. In his final MLB game on July 27, 2005, the 42-year-old combined with Seattle starting pitcher Jamie Moyer (also 42) to comprise the oldest starting battery in major league history.

3. He spent all of the 2000 season with Tampa Bay's AAA Durham team, which afforded him the opportunity to represent Team USA in the Summer Olympics in Sydney. The veteran catcher was on the gold-medal-winning baseball team, making him one of four players to earn both a World Series ring and a gold medal (the others being fellow American Doug Mientkiewicz and Cubans Jose Contreras and Orlando Hernandez).

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: There is plenty of photographic evidence that says that I wasn't a fashion-savvy kid, but even I thought that Borders' dirt-'stache and mullet was a bad look.

Bill James Said: "His .285 on-base percentage was the lowest of any regular in '93, and is reflected in his runs scored total." Pat scored a whopping 38 runs in 520 plate appearances.

On This Date in 1993: November 17. The Mets sign free agent outfielder John Cangelosi. He stole 50 bases as a rookie with the 1986 White Sox, but was out of the major leagues entirely in 1991 and 1993. He will bat .252/.371/.288 in 132 plate appearances for New York in 1994 before reviving his career with a two-year stint as a reserve in Houston (.287/.413/.367, 38-for-52 in steals).

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