Athletic Trainer Bios
Baltimore Orioles
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Head Athletic Trainer

Brian Ebel

Brian Ebel begins his 1st year as Head Athletic Trainer, his 22nd year in Major League Baseball, and 34th as a member of the Baltimore Orioles athletic training staff. In 2017, Ebel received his 20 year Major League Service award. Brian, 50, was one of the recipients of the 2012 PBATS President’s Distinguished Service award for his work on Electronic Medical Records. He was a recipient of the 2011 Major League Athletic Training staff of the year award along with Richie Bancells. He began his career with 12 years in the Orioles farm system, Working his way up through the ranks with affiliates in Bluefield, W.Va. (Rookie League); Erie, Penn. (Class A); and Hagerstown, Md. (Class AA). From 1992 to 1996, he served as the O’s Head Minor League Athletic Trainer and rehabilitation coordinator in Sarasota, Fla. The Versailles, Ind. native received scholarships in 1985 from PBATS, and in 1986 from Eastern Kentucky University, his alma mater and was honored as a distinguished alumnus in 1999. In 2003, he earned an MBA degree from Johns Hopkins University. In 2004, Ebel completed an administrative residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Ebel was an Athletic Trainer for the American League at the 2007 All-Star Game. Ebel served on the Major League Baseball Medical Advisory Board from 2003-2016. He is a co- chair of the MLB steering committee for Electronic Medical Records and serves on the MLB Concussion committee. He has also served on the PBATS Gatorade Advisory Board. Ebel served on the PBATS Board as the American League Assistant Athletic Trainer Representative from 1999-2005. He also served on the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland (UCP) from 2005-2010. In 2011, Ebel Traveled to Taiwan as part of the MLB All-Star series tour. In May 2012, Ebel was awarded a United States Patent for an Orthopedic device to aid in the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs during weight bearing activities. He is a Certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Maryland Athletic Trainers Association, a licensed athletic trainer in both Maryland and Florida, as well as a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Ebel has two sons, Brady and Brett.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Mark Shires

Mark Shires begins his 1st year as Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer and 20th year as an Athletic trainer in the Orioles’ Organization. A native of Crofton, MD he has previously made stops at five levels of the Orioles farm system, spending eleven years in Norfolk (Class AAA, 2007-2017), three years in Bowie (Class AA, 2004-06), three years in Frederick (Class A, 2001-03), and one year in Delmarva(ClassA,2000). He began his career with the Orioles in the Gulf Coast League in 1999, after previously serving as an intern for Bowie from 1996-1997. Mark was selected to represent Norfolk and the International League in the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Game. He was named the 2011and 2009 International League Athletic Trainer of the Year and Carolina League Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2003 and 2001. Shires worked the Arizona Fall League in 2004 at Peoria and at Mesa in 2011. He is a Certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, and licensed in Mary- land, Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and also holds the National Academy of Sports Medicines Certification, Performance Enhancement Specialist. Shires received a degree in athletic training from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and then completed his master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania in 2004. In 2006 Mark married Alison Gardiner-Shires, Associate Professor of Athletic Training at West Chester University. They have a son, Arthur John “AJ.”

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Patrick Wesley

Patrick Wesley, 40, is entering his first season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer, after previously spending 15 years in the Baltimore Orioles Minor League System. Most recently he served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the AA Bowie Baysox (2015-2017). Wesley was named Carolina League Athletic Trainer of the year in 2013 and South Atlantic league Athletic Trainer of the year in 2008 and 2009. In 2009 he was also selected to represent the Baltimore Orioles Organization as an Athletic Trainer for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League. He received his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training in 2001 from McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. Wesley is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and is licensed to practice Athletic Training in both Maryland and Florida. Wesley currently resides in Frederick, MD with his wife Jessica, twin sons Chase and Caleb, and daughter Chloe.