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Pat Borders rips it in major league debut

May 13, 2010
Pat Borders Toronto Blue Jays 1988 Topps Traded No. 17

Pat Borders Toronto Blue Jays 1988 Topps Traded No. 17T

Until Starlin Castro made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs last week, Columbus-born Pat Borders had one of the most productive days on record for any player in his first game.

Back in 1988, Borders totaled five runs batted in during his major league debut on April 6 against the Kansas City Royals. The last player to drive in five runs in his debut was Ben Grieve in 1997

Castro did that group one better when he drove six runs during his debut at Great American Ballpark against the Cincinnati Reds.

After his smashing debut, Borders went on to take over as the Blue Jays’ starting catcher for Ernie Whitt in 1990. That season he caught Dave Stieb’s no-hitter late in the year.

Borders was in Toronto during the Jays’ back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. He was named the mvp of the 1992 series after he hit .450 and slugged one home run.

Pat Borders Toronto Blue Jays 1988 Topps Traded No. 17T back

Pat Borders Toronto Blue Jays 1988 Topps Traded No. 17T back

Borders remained in Toronto through the 1994 season and then bounced between nine teams in 10 seasons. He went to the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros 1995, St. Louis Cardinals, California Angels and Chicago White Sox in 1996, the Cleveland Indians from 1997-99, back to the Blue Jays in 1999, the Seattle Mariners from 2001-04, the Minnesota Twins in 2004 and back to the Mariners in 2005.

Despite missing the 2000 season, Borders helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney Australia.

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