All-star Athletic Trainers at MLB All-Star Game Among the Finest in the Game

Detroit, Mich. – As Major League Baseball’s brightest stars gather in Detroit for the 76 th annual mid-summer classic, their home teams can be assured that the players will be well cared for by four of baseball’s most talented certified athletic trainers. Kevin Rand, ATC and Steve Carter, ATC of the host Detroit Tigers will be serving the American League All Stars, while Barry Weinberg, ATC of the St. Louis Cardinals and Mark Mann, ATC of the Cincinnati Reds will be serving as athletic trainers for the National League team. All four certified athletic trainers were selected by virtue of their membership in the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). Athletic trainers who are members of PBATS and have been Major League Baseball athletic trainers for a minimum of 10 years are eligible for the All-Star positions. “We are proud to have these four certified medical professionals representing PBATS during the high-profile All-Star game,” said PBATS president Jamie Reed. “It’s events like these where our athletic trainers who are at the top of their game can show the world how important the work of athletic trainers to the game of baseball and to sports in general.” Rand , 45, is the Detroit Tigers head athletic trainer. Before Detroit, Rand was an assistant athletic trainer with the Montreal Expos, the Florida Marlins, and the New York Yankees organization. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Rand is the American League head athletic trainer representative of the PBATS Executive Committee and is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. He lives in Lakeland, Fla. with his wife and four sons. Carter, 44, is the assistant athletic trainer for the Detroit Tigers. After receiving an undergraduate degree in health education from Indiana University in 1986, Carter accepted an athletic trainer position at Central High School in Evansville, Ind. He joined the Tigers' organization in 1989, working with the Class A team in Fayetteville, N.C. Carter lives in Sterling Heights, Mich. Weinberg, 53, began his career in 1974 in the Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League system and became head athletic trainer of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 after 16 seasons with the Oakland Athletics. A resident of Silver Spring, Md., Weinberg was inducted into the Greater Washington, D.C., Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Originally sought by the Reds as a pitcher in the 1990 amateur draft, Mann, 33, was halted from play by a shoulder injury. His experience gave him a new appreciation for athletic health care and he began pursuing a degree in athletic training at Northern Kentucky University. He returned to the Reds in 1995 as assistant athletic trainer and was promoted to head athletic trainer in 2003. He lives with his wife in Cincinnati. Professional baseball athletic trainers are medical professionals said to be the “hidden heroes” of baseball. Responsible for the prevention, evaluation and treatment of sports-related injuries in players, PBATS members are among the most respected athletic trainers in the healthcare industry and also are committed to public health campaigns and charity work. For more information, please contact Jim Carroll at 410-203-1970 or All-star athletic trainers

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