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Seattle Mariners

Rick Griffin – Head Athletic Trainer

Rick “Griff” Griffin, 60, began his career in sports medicine as a teacher/athletic trainer at Winston Churchill High School in Eugene, Ore. in 1977. A native of Brigham City, Utah, Griffin moved to professional baseball in 1978 when he became an athletic trainer for the Eugene Emeralds, a Cincinnati Reds Minor League affiliate. In 1981, Griffin became a full-time athletic trainer for the Seattle-based Sports Medicine Clinic, before accepting the position of head athletic trainer for the Seattle Mariners in 1983. In May of 2015 Griffin worked his 5,000th game for the Mariners. A member of the NATA, ACSM, and the NWATS, Griffin has served as PBATS American League Athletic Trainer Representative from 1989-95, and worked at the MLB All-Star games in 1987, 1995, 2001, and 2010. He toured Japan with the Major League All-Stars in 1996 and lectured in Japan in 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2014 and 2015. Griffin provides health care to the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals and is an avid hunter and fisherman. He lives in Bothell, Wash.

Rob Nodine – Asst. Athletic Trainer

Rob Nodine, 50, begins his tenth year with the Major League Medical Staff after spending 14 years in the Mariners minor league system. A Battle Mountain, Nevada native, Nodine began his career as an Athletic Trainer for the Class-A Riverside Pilots in 1993. He progressed to the Class AA Memphis Chicks in 1997, and was promoted to the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers in 2001. Nodine is a member of the NATA and the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association. Nodine was elected to the PBATS Executive Board as the American League Asst. Athletic Trainer Representative in 2009, he spent 6 years working on the PBATS Executive Board.  Nodine lives in Edmonds, WA.

Matt Toth – Asst. Athletic Trainer

Matt Toth begins his fifth year with the Major League Medical Staff after spending 10 years in the minor leagues.  A Cleveland, Ohio native, Toth began his baseball career as a certified athletic trainer with the Mesa Cubs, the rookie ball affiliate of the Chicago Cubs in 2001.  Toth also spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers and also worked at Oregon State University as the Baseball/Football Athletic trainer before joining the Seattle Mariners in 2006. Since joining the Mariners, Matt has spent six seasons between Inland Empire (2006), High Desert (2007), Wisconsin (2008), and Jackson (2009-2011).  Toth was named the 2011 Southern League Athletic Trainer of the Year. Matt is a certified member of the NATA, as well as a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a corrective exercise specialist through NASM.  Currently, Matt resides in Issaquah, WA with his wife Annie, son Alex, and daughter Ellie.