Patrick Lance Borders...he and his wife, Kathy, have seven children: Lindsay, Levi, Luke, Laura, Leah, Lance and Lilly...
resides on a 40-acre vegetable farm in Lake Wales, FL...graduated from Lake Wales High School in 1982 where he played baseball and football...batted .510 as a senior with a school-record 10 home runs and 36 RBI in 25 games...turned down a football scholarship at Mississippi State University to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays...his brother, Todd, caught for one season in the minors (1988).2005Appeared in 39 games for Seattle and picked up 23 hits, a home run, and seven RBI ... Committed just two errors in 192 total chances (.990) behind the plate with Seattle ... Hit .245 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 26 games for Triple-A Nashville in the Milwaukee organization.2004Began season at Tacoma . . . hit safely in 7 consecutive games, going 12-28 (.429), May 4-August 6 . . . contract selected, May 6 . . . was 4-8 (.500) in 3 games, June 11-16 . . . designated for assignment, July 15 . . . acquired from Seattle in exchange for outfielder B.J. Garbe, August 31 . . . season-high 3 hits, September 12 at Detroit . . . tied season-high 3-game hit-streak, going 4-8 (.500), September 16-21 . . . threw out 11 of 27 (41%) runners attempting to steal with Seattle and Minnesota to up career totals to 322 of 930 (35%).2000Tossed out an International League best 45% (36x80) of runners attempting to steal
...stole pro career best 7 bases after just 22 in prior 18 seasons, none since 1994...was
I.L. player of the week, June 26-July 2...played for Gold Medal winning U.S. Olympic Team
in Sydney, Australia, batting .429 (6x14)...was 2x3 with a double and rbi in 4-0 win over
Cuba in Gold Medal Game.2001Spent most of season with Tampa Bay's Durham club, starting 40 games at catcher,
37 as the DH, and 9 at 1st base...traded to Seattle organization on Aug. 27 and went 3x11
in 3 starts at catcher for Tacoma...was purchased by Mariners on Sept. 5 and appeared
in 5 games behind the plate the rest of the year...lone start was on Sept. 20 vs.
Anaheim...was not on Seattle's postseason roster.2002Was released by the Texas organization during spring training and re-signed with the
Mariners April 9...selected by Seattle Sept. 4...had a pinch-hit, RBI double on Sept. 28 at
Anaheim, Seattle's first extra base hit by a pinch-hitter on the season...made lone start in
Mariners final game of the year, Sept. 29 at Anaheim and was 1x2...granted free agency
Nov. 4.2003Began the season on Mariners ML roster (Wilson DL)...was optioned to Tacoma April
6...recalled May 30 (Mabry DL) and optioned back to Tacoma June 16...recalled for third
time July 25 (Cirillo DL) and optioned back Aug. 15...recalled for final time Aug.
31...appeared in 12 games with Seattle, making four starts...team had a 1.43 ERA with
him starting behind the plate (6 ER / 33.0 IP, all in four Sept. Garcia starts)...named to
PCL mid-season All-Star Game.