SAN DIEGO (Dec. 9, 2022) — The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society is proud to announce that the athletic training staff of the Philadelphia Phillies has been named the Athletic Training Staff of the Year by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). This prestigious award recognizes the commitment and excellence of the team’s athletic training staff in providing top-notch care to the players.
Head athletic trainer, Paul Buchheit, along with assistant athletic trainers Joe Rauch, Aaron Hoback, and Christian Bermudez have worked tirelessly throughout the season to ensure that the players are able to perform at their best. From preventative care and injury rehabilitation, to emergency response and guidance, the team has demonstrated a commitment to the health and well-being of every player under their care.
“We are honored to share that the Philadelphia Phillies have been named the MLB athletic training staff of the year,” said PBATS President Ron Porterfield. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of their entire staff, who always put the needs of their players first.”
In addition to their work with the Phillies, the athletic training staff is also heavily involved in community outreach and education. They have assisted in hosting seminars and community outreach events to educate coaches, parents, and young athletes on injury prevention and proper sports safety protocols.
PBATS congratulates the Phillies athletic training staff on this well-deserved award, and the entire PBATS membership is grateful for their tireless efforts in keeping players healthy and performing at their best. Additionally, during the PBATS awards ceremony, President Ron Porterfield announced the following awards:
- President’s Distinguished Service Awards: Roger Caplinger, Milwaukee Brewers & Tom Probst, Colorado Rockies
- Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year: Carlos Olivas, Round Rock Express
- Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year: Philadelphia Phillies
- PBATS Hall of Fame Inductee: Richie Bancells (Baltimore Orioles)
About the awards, Porterfield said, “I’m happy to announce PBATS’ 2022 awards. From the Minor League to Major League awards, and of course the Hall of Fame inductee, we were able to honor an incredible group of past and present athletic trainers. We’re beyond thrilled to induct Richie Bancells into the PBATS Hall of Fame — an honor that Richie is so very deserving of. A huge congratulations to all of the winners.”
Porterfield added, “To win an award voted on by your peers is a true honor for any athletic trainer in the game of baseball. These talented individuals are the leaders in baseball athletic training and they should be extremely proud of their accomplishments and the future to come for many.”
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