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End of a Tiger’s Reign
Tigers’ Assistant Athletic Trainer to Retire at Season’s End
Steve Carter, 53, assistant athletic trainer for the Detroit Tigers, is retiring at the end of the 2013 season. Today, he spent his last Sunday afternoon working the final regular season game at Comerica Park. He has been with the Tigers’ organization since 1989 and joined the Major League club prior to the 1995 season.
Carter was honored by the Tigers by throwing out the first pitch prior to last night’s game against the Chicago White Sox. The Tigers wanted to honor Carter for his outstanding 25 years of service as a Major League Baseball athletic trainer and a truly dedicated member of PBATS.
During his career as a member of PBATS, Carter was named athletic trainer for the 2005 MLB All-Star Game in Detroit and also served as the American League assistant athletic trainer representative on the PBATS Executive Board From 2006 – 2009. He has spearheaded PBATS.com, with his dedication to his work on the website committee. In 2006, Carter was also named as part of the Major League Athletic Training Staff of The Year.
Prior to joining the Tigers’ organization, Carter received an undergraduate degree in health education from Indiana University in 1986 and spent time as a teacher and athletic trainer at Central High School in Evansville, Ind.
Carter has been nothing less than a remarkable athletic trainer and person as well as a highly regarded and respected member of PBATS, who will leave behind outstanding friendships and memories of his time as a valued member of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society family.
“Steve has been a tremendous co-worker and I have had a ball working with him over the 11 years we’ve spent together. I will certainly miss him.”
– Kevin Rand, Head Athletic Trainer, Detroit Tigers
“It’s always fun when we play the Tigers either in Detroit or Chicago, because Steve always brightens my day.”
– Herm Schneider, Head Athletic Trainer, Chicago White Sox
“Steve has been more than a colleague over the last 13 years, he’s a really good friend and I will miss seeing him across the field. I look forward to him taking me to lunch when I’m in Detroit.”
– Brian Ball, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Chicago White Sox
“Steve has always been a dedicated and passionate athletic trainer. He has been an active member in PBATS, who has always been a valuable contributor with the PBATS.com website efforts. I wish him all the best in the future.”
– PBATS President, Richie Bancells
Carter will continue to reside in the Detroit area where he has made his home and raised his family. We tip our hats to Steve, thank him for his service to athletic training, and wish him the very best in his retirement.