Head Athletic Trainer
Joseph Benge, 40, is entering his first year as head Major League Athletic Trainer with the Tampa Bay Rays becoming the fourth head Athletic Trainer in Rays franchise history, following Jamie Reed (1997-2002), Ken Crenshaw (2003-05) and Ron Porterfield (2006-17). He has spent the last seven seasons in the Rays organization, including the last six (2012-17) as minor league medical coordinator, overseeing all minor league athletic trainers and rehabilitation with minor league players while assisting the major league club. He was named 2015 Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and served as the athletic trainer for the World Team at the Futures Game in San Diego in 2016. Joe joined the Rays organization in 2011 as the athletic trainer for Triple-A Durham, following 10 seasons (2001-2010) as an athletic trainer in the Baltimore Orioles system. In total, Joe has served as an athletic trainer for teams in Bluefield, WV; Aberdeen, MD; Salisbury, MD; and Bowie, MD reaching Double-A Bowie in his final seasons with Baltimore. Joe has also spent time in winter ball assignment in La Romana, Dominican Republic (2001-2002, 2002-2003) as well as Honolulu, HI (Honolulu Sharks) in 2007. Prior to that he graduated from Loyola (MD) University with a B.S. in biology in 1999, and received his master’s degree in kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University in 2010. He resides in Sarasota, FL and has a daughter Isla, age 7.