Athletic Trainer Bios
Minnesota Twins
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Head Athletic Trainer

Michael Salazar

Michael Salazar, 44, is entering his first season as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Twins after spending one season with the San Diego Padres as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. He spent seven seasons as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Athletic Training Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians. Salazar spent 11 seasons as a minor league athletic trainer for the Cleveland Indians at all levels from 2000-2011. Prior to working with the Tribe, Michael spent one season in the Atlanta Braves organization. Michael was also 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 Águilas, a winter ball team in the Dominican Republic. In 2016, he shared the honor of being named to the “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year” along with Lonnie Soloff, James Quinlan, and Jeff Desjardins. Michael obtained his undergraduate degree from Manchester University, completed his graduate work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Most recently Michael completed his Doctor of Athletic Training degree (DAT) from A. T. Still University in December 2018. A native of Chicago, Salazar currently resides in Columbus, OH.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Masa Abe

Masamichi Abe is entering his third season in the major leagues as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Twins. Abe recently completed his seventh season as an athletic trainer in some capacity in 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 Train- ing from the University of Northern Colorado. Abe is originally from Nagoya, Japan, recently resides in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Matt Biancuzzo

Matt Biancuzzo, 36, is entering his 3rd season in the major leagues as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Twins. Biancuzzo came to the Twins with 12 years of experience in athletic training, most recently as a performance medicine therapist and athletic trainer for Cirque du Soleil from 2010-17. Prior to that, Biancuzzo served as an assistant athletic trainer for Georgia Southern University from 2008-10 and as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for Florida State University from 2006-08. In addition to his athletic training experience, he also served as a strength and conditioning intern in 2009 for Cressey Sports Performance. He earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Florida State University and a B.S. in Health Sciences – Athletic Training from the University of Central Florida. Biancuzzo, a native of Bristol, RI, resides in Las Vegas, NV.