Published On: October 31st, 2016


Thunder Bay, ON – The Thunder Bay Border Cats are pleased to announce the signing of their new field manager for the 2017 summer. Mitchell Feller, from South Dakota State University, has been chosen to lead the Cats on the field after the team came off a summer that included only 21 wins.

When asked about the recruiting process and what he was looking for General Manager Dan Grant responded, “We weren’t looking necessarily for what schools they are at or have been at. We were looking for someone who has proven they can manage through adversity and be a professional. Mitchell was that guy.”

Grant said they were also on the lookout for someone who understood the importance of being impactful in the Thunder Bay community as it is a main objective of the Border Cats.

President Kyle Smith added, “During the interview process it quickly became clear that Mitch was the right choice to lead the Cats. His passion for winning while improving the career prospects for his players is a characteristic that fans will appreciate."

Coach Feller shared his thoughts Monday, after being asked about joining the Border Cats for their pivotal 2017 season,

"I first want to thank the Border Cats organization for allowing this opportunity to coach the club this summer. I am excited to get things going and arrive in Thunder Bay. I look forward to working with Dan and the rest of the organization to build something great in Thunder Bay for the fans.” Feller continued, “It is an honor to be the new Border Cats head coach, and in one of the premier league's in the country that the Northwoods League has become. I look forward to trying to bring a championship back to Thunder Bay."


The Thunder Bay Border Cats are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Border Cats as your favorite team.

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