The Borough Cup is special because it is more than a competition. Its goal, first and foremost, is to bring unity, spirit, and growth to youth baseball throughout the city. The second I stepped onto the diamonds that first season, I saw that this vision wasn’t just talk. From the diversity of the teams to the energy of the parents, the event was something I could only wish had existed when I was growing up. After all baseball is my favorite sport. It was then that I knew that I wanted to be more than a one-year spectator. I wanted to help build this into a legacy NYC Baseball can be proud of." -Ben Pinczewski, Executive Director
Gary Perone is a fifteen-year veteran of the sports world whose innovative promotions and groundbreaking sponsorships have earned him praise throughout the industry. He began his career as the Brooklyn Cyclones’ Communications Manager, after which he became the Assistant General Manager of the Staten Island Yankees. While in pinstripes, Perone’s “Fun to be a Fan” initiative and “real hair” bobbleheads were recognized by Minor League Baseball (MiLB) and the New York Penn League (NYPL). In 2007, Perone returned to the Cyclones as their Director of New Business Development. Over the following years, Perone continued to leave a lasting impact on New York City’s Baseball Community, for which he was ultimately awarded the Presidential Citation (MiLB’s Highest Honor) and the Hon. Robert F. Julian Community & Baseball Service Award. Today, Perone is the Assistant General Manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones where he continues to bring his big ideas to life.
Over the past quarter century, there are few names more synonymous with New York City baseball than New York Mets’ Hall of Famer John Franco. Born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, Franco honed his skills on the city’s sandlots before starring at Lafayette High School, and later, St. Johns University. In 1981, Franco’s boyhood dream came true when the Los Angeles Dodgers selected him in the 5th round of the Amateur Draft.
Over his 21-year career as a Closer, Franco had an astonishing 424 Saves, more than any left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball history. He was a four time All-Star, and he won the National League Rolaid Relief Man Award in 1988 and 1990.
Director of Community Relations/Tournament Director
Zach Bright was the first hire when the Borough Cup was founded in 2014. He began as the tournament’s Communication Manager before being promoted to Director of Community Affairs in October of 2016. Currently residing in his hometown of Los Angeles, Bright returns to New York every summer to continue making lasting memories for the youth of the Big Apple.
When he isn't helping teams #GetThatCup, Bright acts as the Director of Operations for the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, which partners with USA Baseball to present the Golden Spikes Award. He is also a Varsity Assistant Coach at his Alma Mater- Windward School in LA.
Director of Baseball Operations
Frank Delgado has been with the Borough Cup since its inception in 2014. A Native of the Bronx and Fordham Prep Alum, he acted as Bronx Borough Coordinator for the first three years before being promoted to Director of Baseball Operations in October of 2016.
Delgado brings a wealth of prestige and experience in baseball. He was a four year letterman at SUNY Purchase before playing professionally in both the Pecos League and New York State League. Since hanging up his cleats, Delgado has been a fixture in the NYC coaching scene, most notably leading Division III Yeshiva University from 2015 to 2017. He is currently completing a Masters Degree in Education in order to become a full-time teacher while continuing to coach in the PSAL.