Asst. Athletic Trainer
Michael Salazar, 42, is beginning his seventh season as an assistant athletic trainer with the Cleveland Indians after spending 11 seasons as a minor league athletic trainer in the Cleveland Indians player development system. Salazar spent two seasons (2010-2011) as an athletic trainer at the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, OH. From 2007 through 2009, he was the athletic trainer for the Indians AA affiliate in Akron, Ohio. In 2005 and 2006, Salazar covered the Kinston Indians in Kinston, NC. In 2004 he spent one year covering the Tribe’s low long Season A affiliate, the Lake County Captains, where he was named the South Atlantic League athletic trainer of the year. Prior to his tour with the Captains, Michael spent 3 seasons (2001-2003) with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, in Niles, OH. Michael originally joined the Cleveland Indians organization in 2000 when he covered the Burlington Indians in Burlington, NC. Prior to working with the Tribe, Michael spent one year in the At- lanta Braves organization as a minor league athletic trainer. Of note, Michael was appointed to the position of head athletic trainer for the Dominican Team during the first two World Baseball Classics. He spent two off seasons (2004 & 2011) working for the Aguilas, a winter ball team in the Dominican Republic. Shared the honors with Lonnie Soloff, James Quinlan, and Jeff Desjardins in 2016, as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year”. Michael obtained his under graduate degree at Manchester University, in North Manchester, IN and completed his graduate work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Michael is currently working on his Doctor of Athletic Training degree from A. T. Still University. A native of Chicago, Salazar currently resides in Cleveland.