Border Cats hire new manager
Danny Benedetti has hit for the cycle with the Thunder Bay Border Cats.
The Long Beach, Calif., native is poised to return to the Lakehead for his third tour of duty after the Northwoods League baseball club announced him as their new field manager for the 2015 season.
He will be the team’s 12th manager in 12 seasons.
Benedetti, 28, was a catcher and star hitter with the Cats in 2007 and 2008 and an assistant coach in 2011. He currently works as an assistant coach with the St. John’s University Red Storm.
“I am very excited to be returning to Thunder Bay,” Benedetti said in a news release. “I’ve always enjoyed my summers in Canada and I will work very hard to put a winning team on the field for the dedicated fans of the Border Cats.”
Thunder Bay hasn’t had a winning record in the NWL since 2008 when the program last won a championship. The Border Cats have missed the playoffs for the past six seasons.
A familiarity with the city was a major reason why Benedetti was given a shot to manage.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Danny back to the Border Cats organization,” Border Cats president/general manager Brad Jorgenson said in the release.
“Having played and coached on both the west coast and east coast of the United States, Danny has developed an impressive list of contacts with several top college baseball programs, which is only going to enhance our recruiting process. Danny knows what it takes to win in the Northwoods League, because he has been a champion at this level,” Jorgenson added.
Benedetti replaces Johnny Hernandez, who led the Border Cats to a 23-49 record this past season.
The former catcher played his college baseball at Irvine Valley Community College in California and St. John’s.