Asst. Athletic Trainer
Masamichi Abe is entering his fifth season in the major leagues as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Twins. Abe spent seven seasons as a minor league athletic trainer for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, spending 2016-17 with Triple-A Reno, 2014-15 with Double-A Mobile, 2013 with High-A Visalia, 2012 with Rookie-Missoula, and 2011 with the AZL Diamondbacks. He also trained for the Japanese Team during the World Baseball Classic in 2017 and in the Arizona Fall League in 2013 and ’14. He was named 2017 Pacific Coast League Athletic Trainer of the Year and 2012 Pioneer League Athletic Trainer of Year. He graduated with a degree in exercise science from the University of Arkansas, including a master’s degree in biomechanics, there he also served as graduate assistant athletic trainer for U of A baseball team 2008-2010. He was athletic trainer/strength conditioning intern in 2007. He earned a B.S. in Kinesiology – Athletic Training from the University of Northern Colorado. Abe is originally from Nagoya, Japan and recently resides in Hiroshima, Japan with his wife Naomi & son Kaito.