By: David Iannicca MSEd, ATC, CSCS | Kansas City Royals Where...
Toronto Blue Jays
George Poulis – Head Athletic Trainer
George Poulis, 51, begins his seventeenth year with the Toronto Blue Jays and his fourteenth year as the head athletic trainer with the Blue Jays’ Major League Club after serving as the assistant athletic trainer for two and a half years. Prior to the Blue Jays, he was an athletic trainer in the San Diego Padres’ Minor League system for 10 years. George got his first experience with professional sports in 1986 as an athletic training intern for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns Football Club. A Cleveland native, George earned his undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and earned his master’s degree from the University of Alabama. He worked his way up through the Padres’ Minor League system with stops in Waterloo, Iowa (Class A); Wichita, Kan.; Memphis, Tenn.; Mobile, Ala. (Class AA); and Las Vegas, NV (Class AAA). At the conclusion of the 1998 Minor League season, George assisted the San Diego Padres’ Athletic Training Staff during the 1998 playoffs and World Series. During the off-season, George and his wife, Jenny, live in Florida with their three daughters, Lainey, Evy, and Nicki.
Mike Frostad – Asst. Athletic Trainer
Mike Frostad, 43, begins his twenty-first season with the Toronto Blue Jays and fifth year as the assistant athletic trainer. A Calgary native, Mike earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary and is certified by the NATA. He started his baseball career in 1996 with the St. Catharines Stompers (Short A) and made stops along the way in Medicine Hat Alberta, Hagerstown Maryland, and Dunedin Florida. Mike was named to the position of Minor League Medical Coordinator in 2005, a position he held until the 2010 season when he was appointed to Toronto as the Assistant Athletic Trainer. He returned to the role of Medical Coordinator in 2011 and 2012 before returning to Toronto. In 2004 and 2005 he won the Athletic Trainer of the Year Award for the Florida State League. In 2005 he was also the recipient of the Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. During the off season, Mike resides in Oldsmar, Florida.
Jeff Stevenson – Asst. Athletic Trainer
Jeff Stevenson, 46, begins his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays major league staff. He joined the Blue Jays in 2011 as their Rehab Coordinator, and spent the past three seasons as the Athletic Training and Rehab Coordinator. Prior to joining the Blue Jays, he spent 18 seasons in the Kansas City Royals system. After spending 9 seasons with Triple-A Omaha, where he earned PCL Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2005, he was promoted to Assistant Athletic Trainer for their major league club for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He was honored as the Dick Howser Award winner in 1999 for his outstanding contributions to the organization in the Player Development Department.