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Athletic Trainer Emeritus

Rick Griffin

Rick “Griff” Griffin, 64, begins his 6th decade in Professional Baseball and 3rd year as Athletic Trainer Emeritus having served as Head Athletic Trainer for 35 years from 1983-2016. He began his career in sports medicine as a teacher/athletic trainer at Winston Churchill High School in Eugene, Ore. in 1977. A native of Brigham City, Utah he became an athletic trainer for the Eugene Emeralds an affiliate farm team of the Cincinnati Reds in 1978. In 1981, Griffin became the first athletic trainer for the Seattle based Sports Medicine Clinic. In February of 1983 he accepted the position of Head athletic trainer of the Seattle Mariners. In August of 2016 Griffin worked his 5,500 game for the Mariners. He is heavily involved in PBATS activities serving as chairman of both the Hall of Fame and International Commit- tees. Griffin also served as PBATS American League Athletic Trainer Representative from 1989-1995 and has worked at the MLB All-Star game in 1987, 1995, 2001 and 2010. He also toured Japan in 1996 with a group of Major League All Stars. He began lecturing in Japan in 1994 on sports medicine topics and has since made over 25 visits to Japan. A member of the NATA, ACSM, PBATS and the NWATS he also enjoys providing medical coverage at the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals which he has done for the last 40 years and is an avid hunter and fisherman. He resides in Bothell, Washington with his wife Rachel.

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Head Athletic Trainer

Kyle Torgerson

Kyle, 33, joins the Mariners after 7 years with the Arizona Diamondbacks, most recently as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. During his time with Arizona, he was also their Minor League Medical Coordinator (2016-18) and Manual Performance coordinator (2013-15). He spent 2012 as a trainer for the Royals’ Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls. He graduated in 2012 from Weber State University with a master’s degree in athletic training and 2009 from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in physiology. He is a certified member of the NATA and the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). He currently resides in Mesa, AZ and enjoys participating in all competitive sports; including: golf, softball, basketball, and running.

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Senior Athletic Trainer

Rob Nodine

Rob Nodine, 55, begins his fourteenth year with the Major League Medical Staff after spend- ing 14 years in the Mariners minor league system. A Battle Mountain, Nevada native, Nodine began his career as an Athletic Trainer for the Class-A Riverside Pilots in 1993. He progressed to the Class AA Memphis Chicks in 1997, and was promoted to the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers in 2001. Nodine is a member of the NATA and the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association. Nodine was elected to the PBATS Executive Board as American League Asst. Athletic Trainer Representative in 2009, he spent 6 years working on the PBATS Executive Board. Nodine lives in Edmonds, WA with his wife Summer and has 4 daughters, Olivia, Charlotte, McKenna, and Shelby.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

Matt Toth

Matt Toth begins his ninth year with the Major League Medical Staff after spending 10 years in the minor leagues. A Cleveland, Ohio native, Toth began his baseball career as a certified athletic trainer with the Mesa Cubs, the rookie ball affiliate of the Chicago Cubs in 2001. Toth also spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers and also worked at Oregon State University as the Baseball/Football Athletic trainer before joining the Seattle Mariners in 2006. Since joining the Mariners, Matt has spent six seasons between Inland Empire (2006), High Desert (2007), Wisconsin (2008), and Jackson (2009-2011). Toth was named the 2011 Southern League Athletic Trainer of the Year. Matt is a certified member of the NATA, as well as a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a corrective exercise specialist through NASM. Currently, Matt resides in Auburn, WA with his wife Annie, son Alex, and daughter Ellie.