Mike Borzello

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Mike Borzello
Mike Borzello on June 30, 2016.jpg
Borzello with the Cubs in 2016
Chicago Cubs – No. 58
Catcher / Infielder / Pitcher / Coach
Born: (1970-08-14) August 14, 1970 (age 46)
Yonkers, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Michael Ross "Mike" Borzello (born August 14, 1970) is a Major League catching coach for the Chicago Cubs.

Early life[edit]

Borzello is the godson of former Major League manager Joe Torre, who was friends with Borzello's father.[1][2] His sister, Keri Borzello, was an NCAA Women's College World Series participant in 1994, as a catcher and first baseman for the Missouri Tigers. She later transferred to UCLA after a career ending rotator cuff injury.

Early in his life, a then-12-year-old Borzello had been serving as a batboy for the Atlanta Braves - at that time, managed by Torre - and found himself in the middle of a series of brawls between the Braves and the visiting San Diego Padres on August 12, 1984 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. "When the fans started throwing stuff and jumped onto the field, I was like, 'OK, I gotta get out of here,' Borzello later said.[3]

Career[edit]

Borzello is a graduate of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California and California Lutheran University.[2] He played catcher in minor league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system from 1991–94, never getting above class A.[4]

In 1996, after his playing career ended, Torre offered him a job with the New York Yankees as bullpen catcher and batting practice pitcher,[2] Mike earned 4 World Series rings with the New York Yankees during the 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 seasons and earned 1 ring with the Cubs during the 2016 season.

When Torre left the Yankees for the Dodgers in 2007, he brought Borzello with him as catching instructor.[5] In 2011, he left the Dodgers to join the Cubs as a coach, working with the catchers and scouting.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Borzello was born in New York and raised in L.A. He attended University of New Mexico and graduated with a B.A. In Communication Arts from California Lutheran University [1][dead link]
  2. ^ a b c DAVE DESMOND (1997-08-21). "From the Bushes to Yankee Bullpen". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  3. ^ NC Times Archived April 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. retrieved 10th March 2011
  4. ^ "Mike Borzello Statistics (1991-1994)". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 2013-04-24. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Manager and Coaches | dodgers.com: Team". Losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  6. ^ Cubs announce 2012 coaching staff

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