Asst. Athletic Trainer
Matt Rankin, 51, begins his 10th season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Detroit Tigers after 18 seasons with the organization. Prior to joining the Major League team, Matt served as the Athletic Trainer for the AAA affiliate of the Tigers, the Toledo Mud Hens for the previous 13 seasons. He joined the organization in 1996 spending that season with Single- A Visalia before spending two seasons with both Single A Jamestown (1997-98) and Single- A Lakeland (1999-2000). Rankin also served as the Athletic Trainer for the Honolulu Sharks of the Hawaii League in 1997, Delaware Stars of the Maryland Fall League in 1998, Leones de Escogido in Dominican Winter in 2001 and 2003, Phoenix Desert Dogs (2006) and the Peoria Saguaros (2007) in the Arizona Fall League. In 2010 he was named International League Athletic Trainer of the Year by his peers. A native of Richwood, Ohio, Matt currently lives in Toledo, Ohio with his wife Amy and son Andrew.