Fisher Cats announce new manager for 2019 season

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MANCHESTER, N.H. –  On Tuesday, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats announced that Mike Mordecai will become the 10th manager in franchise history.

Moredcai, 51, was a player on World Series championship teams in 1995 (Atlanta) and 2003 (Florida). He played 793 games in the major leagues from 1994 to 2005.

Mordecai has worked in the Blue Jays organization for nine seasons in several different roles. After signing on as minor league infield coordinator in 2010, he was promoted to coordinator of instruction in 2015 and assistant field coordinator in 2017. Last season, he joined the major league ranks as Toronto’s quality control coach under manager John Gibbons.

The 2019 season will be Mordecai’s second as a manager in Minor League Baseball; he led the New York Penn League’s Jamestown Jammers (Marlins Short Season-A affiliate) in 2005.

Moredcai replaces John Schneider, who became the Blue Jays major league catching coach after leading New Hampshire to the 2018 Eastern League pennant.

Donnie Murphy joins the Fisher Cats as well, becoming the team’s new hitting coach. A fifth-round draft pick from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., Murphy spent parts of nine seasons in MLB. He suited up for the Royals (2004-2005), A’s (2007-2008), Marlins (2010-2012), Cubs (2013) and Rangers (2014). The 35-year-old served as the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts hitting coach from 2016-2017, and moved up to Advanced-A Dunedin in the same role last year.

The Fisher Cats also announced the return of pitching coach Vince Horsman for a fourth year, as well as position player coach Andy Fermin for a third year.