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Longtime trainer will miss start of camp

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Feb 13, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Head trainer Gene Monahan, who has been a presence in the Yankees organization for decades, has reportedly fallen ill and will miss the opening of spring training.

QYTJfndOThere’s no official word from the Yankees on Monahan’s status and it’s unclear how long he’ll be away from the team. It’s believed that this will be the first spring training in 48 years that Monahan will miss. Assistant trainer Steve Donahue will fill in and the Yankees may add another trainer to the major-league staff to assist Donahue.

Every baseball reporter has a story about the time they got sick or the time they stabbed themselves with a pen or the time they got a bloody nose in the clubhouse, and Monahan is a great guy who was always there with a band-aid or a Tylenol. Here’s hoping he gets well quickly and is back with the Yankees soon.

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73 Responses to “Longtime trainer will miss start of camp”

  1. Phil the Thrill February 13th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I have no memory of Gene not being the Yankee trainer. Feel better, Good Sir!

  2. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 13th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Here’s to a speedy recovery for Mr. Monahan!

    I really don’t get why we need to make adjustments to this new reply button. Going on the blog, posting and responding should be fun – nice and easy; it shouldn’t be work. As someone said in the previous thread, it’s not that hard to just address someone by name; the old system worked fine.

  3. Rick February 13th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Get well Gene. Players will miss his calming influence in the dugout through thick and thin.

  4. KennyH123 February 13th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Same for me. And I’m 50!

  5. Doreen February 13th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Get well soon, Gene Monahan!

  6. Erin February 13th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Get well soon Gene!

  7. DT - OPPC member February 13th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    “Every baseball reporter has a story about the time they got sick or the time they stabbed themselves with a pen”

    that can’t be good. the pen is mightier than the sword.

    In the press box that’s known as Harry Caray, to the outside world – Harakiri.

  8. m February 13th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Hope it’s not serious and that he bounces back soon.

  9. Golden February 13th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Get well soon Gene!

  10. Alan February 13th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    It’s clear that neither Damon or Boras have an understanding of today’s marketplace. Today, it isn’t return on principal but the return OF principal.
    Damon isn’t savvy on financial matters but his agent is also his advisor in such things. Where was Boras with the Stanford Financial fiasco ?

    http://www.associatedcontent.c.....fects.html

  11. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Is that noted softie Phil Hughes in the picture with Monahan?

  12. gfd February 13th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Speedy recovery to you Monahan.

    Glad to see a player , Felipe Lopez, fired Boras. Damon should have done the same, maybe he’d still be with the Yankees. Instead Boras was busy milking the Cardinals dry for Matt Holliday, while Damon watched as his market dried up!

  13. m February 13th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    It is. And it’s good to know that Gene and Phil won’t be walking off the mound together in the very near future. :?

  14. Erin February 13th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Nick-why yes it is :D

  15. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 February 13th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Alan

    Bernie Williams, another Boras client, was also made to return money from the Sandford’s pyramid scheme too by the feds.

    I refuse to hit the reply button in protest!!

  16. m February 13th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Edit:

    That should be: at least Gene and Phil won’t be walking off the mound together in the very near future.

  17. lets go yankees February 13th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Mature

  18. lets go yankees February 13th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    How do you know it was not Damon who turned down that 2/14 offer? Boras works for Damon, not the other way around.

    And why are you glad? Sports are the only industry in which people get upset when employees (the players) get as much money as they can from their employers (the owners). Boras is the best in baseball at getting money from the uber rich owners.

  19. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Here’s a particulary painful Monahan montage:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_5_Sz.....onahan.JPG

  20. Twitter THIS February 13th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Johnny Damon !

  21. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    And here is Monahan with Torre and Guidry taking a look at fan favorite Darrell Rasner:

    http://tinyurl.com/ybzdmdb

  22. lets go yankees February 13th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    ?

  23. Erin February 13th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    The only thing I like about the reply button is that it is much easier to edit your posts. ;)

  24. upstate kate February 13th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    get well soon Gene.
    Isn’t Gene the one who inscribes the important baseballs, like someone’s first HR, 1000 hit etc

  25. Dave in WI February 13th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    The reply button is great, I read this blog all the time, (but have never posted before) with the reply button I can read people’s comments about the Yanks, without having to read your personal conversations.

  26. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    lets go yankees says:
    February 13th, 2010 at 4:25 pm
    ?

    ————————————————————

    The most intelligent reply that you’ve ever made.

  27. lets go yankees February 13th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    So I see you are joining the protest?

  28. KhanArtist and the Lineup February 13th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    2010 New York Yankees:
    Derek Jeter SS
    Nick Johnson DH
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Alex Rodriguez 3B
    Jorge Posada C
    Curtis Granderson LF
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Nick Swisher RF
    Brett Gardner CF

    CC Sabathia
    AJ Burnett
    Javier Vazquez
    Andy Pettitte
    Phil Hughes

    David Robertson
    Mariano Rivera

  29. upstate kate February 13th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    what happened to Joba?

  30. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    let’s go yankees; lighten up, buddy.

  31. lets go yankees February 13th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I’m not light?

  32. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Go back and read your comments so far today. More belligerent than light.

  33. lets go yankees February 13th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    That is odd you feel that way. They seem quite cheery to me.

  34. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Carry on then. :roll:

  35. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I don’t join anything. I’m a trend setter, not a camp follower.

  36. lets go yankees February 13th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Odd coming from someone who served in the military

  37. lets go yankees February 13th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks. I am glad we resolved that issue.

  38. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Good grief.

    The resolution seems to be that you reject the premise of some friendly advice.

    Since the question is subjective, perhaps you might engage in a little self-reflection if you think there is a wide gap between the intent of your comments and their reception.

    Or just forget I ever said anything. Whatever!

  39. Matt H February 13th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    48 years?? Wouldn’t that make him in his 70s? He does not look even close to 70 in that picture.

  40. m February 13th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Did they change the TOS? We have to use the Reply function?

  41. jennifer February 13th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Get well soon Geno.

  42. Matt DiBari February 13th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I hope he has a speedy recovery.

  43. rover February 13th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Ditto at 63

  44. doody February 13th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Eat it.

  45. Bronx Jeers February 13th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Congratulations to Roger if you’re out there.
    And Good Morning.

  46. pat February 13th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    A-Rod cuts ribbon at Boys & Girls Clubs – http://fwix.com/article/32_08e6f97806

  47. Pam B February 13th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    The shot of the bug spray and the midges is particularly painful. I don’t think Gene had a class on entomology when he learned his craft.

    Seriously, I wish Gene a speedy recovery and hope he is back soon. I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t there on the bench.

  48. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Finally someone who GETS IT.

  49. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Did one of Roger’s home countries win a gold?

  50. Pam B February 13th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I think he safe keeps them when one is hit–after the player is teased that the ball was accidentally tossed!

  51. Erin February 13th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Alex looks very nice in his suit :D

  52. Dassit February 13th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    almost thought Sven wouldn’t win it. The Korean dude was pretty good lol. That’s #1 for Sven Kramer.

  53. upstate kate February 13th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    yes, congrats Roger, just as you called it!

  54. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    No way. They will have to pry the non-use of the Reply function from my cold, dead fingers. Except this time.

  55. KhanArtist and the Lineup February 13th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Joba/Hughes should start in AAA and get called up when injury strikes.
    I don’t want his progress to slow.

  56. Bronx Jeers February 13th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Sven Kramer won the 5,000 meter speed skating as was expected.

  57. upstate kate February 13th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    yes, Sven Kramer, the Dutch speed skater, won the gold

  58. Roger(The tallest guy in HongKong) February 13th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    KRAMER!Our Dutch HERO!He will win 2 more.Mark my words!And yes that cute blonde is our prinses.Wowsa!

  59. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Roger, are you rooting for the Hong Kong team too?

  60. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    And are you referring to Princess Maxima?

    http://tippinthescales.files.w.....rlands.jpg

    I was typing ‘dutch princess’ into google and it thought I was saying ‘dutch prostitutes’. :(

  61. Roger(The tallest guy in HongKong) February 13th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    nick

    Have some respect!You’re talking about our Prinses!

  62. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    pat says:
    February 13th, 2010 at 5:29 pm
    A-Rod cuts ribbon at Boys & Girls Clubs – http://fwix.com/article/32_08e6f97806

    ————————————————————

    I still believe that we’ll see Rodriguez and Granderson team up with the Boys and Girls Clubs in Chicago, NY and in Florida (Tampa or Miami) and open joint ventures or TV spots.

  63. m February 13th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Not only do you ignore the reply function, but you copy & paste. You naughty boy!

  64. Nick in SF February 13th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I think she’s quite lovely, Roger. Blame google!

    I do slightly prefer Princess Letizia of Spain:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/fem.....-Lady.html

  65. MTU February 13th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    “Not only do you ignore the reply function, but you copy & paste.”

    Different keystrokes for different folks. ;)

  66. m February 13th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    There’s a fat-finger joke in there somewhere, but I’ll take it easy on GB7. ;)

  67. CR9 February 13th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    test

  68. CR9 February 13th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    test2

  69. CR7 February 13th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    test3

  70. CR7 February 13th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    test 4

  71. Chad Jennings February 13th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    New post.

  72. Bryan Hoch February 13th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Ouch. I remember that story. Rasner threw a couple of fastballs and felt OK, and then he tried a curve that produced a bone snap and a scream everybody in the ballpark could hear.

    I remember calling Rasner the next day from the visiting dugout at Shea Stadium for an interview that, it turned out, that he’d have no recollection of doing. He picked up the phone while still under anesthesia.

    “I hope I didn’t say anything stupid,” he said. (He didn’t.)

  73. EricNS February 14th, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Get well soon Gene!

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