Asst. Athletic Trainer
Tomas Vera, 49, enters in his 7th season with the Cincinnati Reds as Assistant Athletic Trainer, his 27th in professional baseball. He joined the Reds organization in September of 2006 as a Reds Minor League Athletic Trainer (Louisville Bats AAA 2009-10, Sarasota Reds 2007-08). Prior to the Reds he worked 12 years with the Chicago White Sox organization (Kannapolis Intimidators 2004-06, Great Falls Sox 2003, Bristol Sox 2002, Phoenix 2001, Tucson 1998-2000, and Sarasota 1995-97). Prior to the White Sox, Tomas worked for the Milwaukee Brewers in Spring Training/Extended Spring in 1994. He began his baseball career in Venezuela Summer League with the Azucareros de la Victoria in 1990, serving as an Athletic Trainer in the Venezuela Winter League with Aragua, Caracas, Cabimas and Pastora teams (1990-96, 2009, 2012), He also spent time in the Dominican Winter League with the Licey Tigers (1999-2002). Vera has been named Head Athletic Trainer for the 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic Venezuelan National Team. He received his degree in Physical Education from UPEL – Venezuela; Vera is recognized as the first Venezuelan Certified members of the NATA. Tomas is the son of Leandro Vera Fortique and Hilda Oviedo de Vera. He was born in Caracas Venezuela; He and his wife Mariela have two children, Rafael and Carolina. They reside in Sarasota, Fla.