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#56 Brian McRae

Position : HeadCoach
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College : Missouri
Bats : Right
Throws : Right
Resides : Kansas City, MO
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Brian McRae is in his first season as HarbourCats head coach in 2017.

McRae, who turns 49 on August 27, hit 103 home runs over a 10-year big-league career spent mostly with the Kansas City Royals, and also played for the Cubs, Mets, Blue Jays and Rockies.

McRae is the son of former MLB player and manager Hal McRae, and they hold the distinction of being one of only four father-son manager-player combos in MLB history. Brian McRae, taken 17th overall in the 1985 draft by the Royals, was an exceptional defensive player, base-stealer and leadoff hitter who was known for his toughness and durability.

mcraeroyals4McRae coached NAIA-level Park University, and is now student-assistant coach at Division-1 Missouri. He has coached in the Team USA system, including serving as the hitting/outfield coach for the USA Baseball U18 team that competed in Thunder Bay in 2010 and featured eight current MLB players, among them Francisco Lindor and Lance McCullars. Key to the decision to bring him in to lead the HarbourCats, McRae has collegiate summer baseball head coaching experience, with the Morehead City Marlins in the Coastal Plain League (2012). He has done extensive broadcasting work for the Kansas City Royals (six years on radio and TV), ESPN, MLB.com and for the past two years has been a college baseball broadcaster with American Sports Network (ASN). He is a tireless volunteer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

McRae runs the KC Sluggers elite youth program that helped produce MLB players Albert Pujols and Shawn Marcum.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to work in one of the greatest cities in the world, and to be part of what has developed into an outstanding summer collegiate franchise,” said McRae. “I think the people of Victoria know how special that situation is there, and now we get to work to build what we hope is a championship team, with the players and the coaching staff. The West Coast League is an outstanding, highly-competitive league.”

McRae is familiar with Victoria after being part of the coaching staff at the HarbourCats-supported Blue Jays Super Camps that have been at Royal Athletic Park. He has worked camps across Canada for the past four years on behalf of the Blue Jays.

“Brian brings a number of new networks to our recruiting process, to augment the programs we already have relationships with, and he’s a respected coach and former player with contacts across the continent,” said Swanson.

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