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Monahan to retire after this season

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 11, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees just sent this announcement.

The New York Yankees announced today that Head Athletic Trainer Gene Monahan, who is the longest-tenured employee in the Yankees organization, will retire at the conclusion of the 2011 season after 49 years of continuous service.

Monahan is the longest-tenured Head Athletic Trainer in the Major Leagues, having worked in that capacity for the last 39 years. In December, he was honored along with longtime Assistant Athletic Trainer Steve Donohue as the “Best Athletic Trainers” in Major League Baseball in 2010 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainer Society (PBATS). Other recent commendations include the 2009 “Distinguished Athletic Trainer” Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association and induction into the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2007. Monahan and Donohue were also honored with Major League Baseball’s “Athletic Training Staff of the Year” Award in 1990.

“Gene Monahan embodies all the very best virtues that this organization strives to uphold,” said New York Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “His devotion to his craft, passion for the game of baseball and tireless work ethic are only a few of the qualities that have made him a bedrock within this franchise for nearly 50 years. Gene has made a lifetime’s worth of sacrifices and contributions in order to best serve the Yankees, and our entire organization will always be grateful.”

Mr. Monahan first worked for the Yankees organization in 1962, serving as a bat boy and clubhouse attendant during spring training while in his senior year at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale. He began his athletic training career with the Yankees’ Class-D Ft. Lauderdale affiliate in 1963, and was promoted just two years later in 1965 to Double-A, where he served as head trainer for Columbus (Ga.) and Binghamton (N.Y.). In 1969, he made the jump to Triple-A Syracuse, where he worked through 1972 before heading the Yankees’ Major League training staff in 1973.

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48 Responses to “Monahan to retire after this season”

  1. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    He had a great run. My best to him.

  2. Jason Voorhees May 11th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    This is Phil Hughes’ fault.

  3. Nick in SF May 11th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Give this man his own bobblehead day in 2012.

  4. Erin May 11th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    What Rich said. :)

  5. MG May 11th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    A great career, but he probably could have lasted longer if they hadn’t increased the number of times he had to stretch out players by so much in the early ’70s, he would have been much better off limiting those by no more than 40 extra per season.

  6. G. Love May 11th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Jeers,

    Swish is without a doubt the Charo of the Yankees Love Boat. Tex is Gofer and Arod is Julie your ships Cruise Director who falls in love with the handsome male guest star week after week only to break up with them as they exit the boat.

  7. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Oh great, now the theme from “Love Boat” will be playing in my head all day.

  8. pat May 11th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    What a long and successful career and I hope a long and happy retirement.

    He could write a series of books with all he has seen and heard over the years.

    Question: Has anyones font on the blog looked different the last couple of days or is it just me?

  9. Erin May 11th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    A Yankee Love Boat??? :lol:

    Love…exciting and new

  10. Irreverent Discourse May 11th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    pat – My browser font looks totally different after up dated to firefox 4. Different and way harder to read :(

  11. Erin May 11th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    pat-for a few minutes yesterday afternoon the font was different, but then it went back to normal.

  12. Vineyard Yankee May 11th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Kind of a sudden announcement at an odd time. I wonder if this may be because his health issues have flared up again ?

  13. Vineyard Yankee May 11th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    G. Love May 11th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    ARod is on both sides of the fence ?

  14. Erin May 11th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    YankeesWFAN “Gene Monahan embodies all the very best virtues that this organization strives to uphold.”–Hal Steinbrenner.

    RiverAveBlues Gene Monahan started with the Yanks as a bat boy during Spring Training in 1962. He was a high school senior.

  15. Tom in N.J. May 11th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    “Question: Has anyones font on the blog looked different the last couple of days or is it just me”

    It looked as if it went Arial on me last night. It’s back to what it was, however.

  16. pat May 11th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    “…..for a few minutes yesterday afternoon the font was different, but then it went back to normal.”

    Thank you. It’s switched on me a couple of times since yesterday afternoon and I like when strange things are happening to everyones computer and not just mine.

  17. Erin May 11th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Tom in N.J. May 11th, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    ?Question: Has anyones font on the blog looked different the last couple of days or is it just me?

    It looked as if it went Arial on me last night. It?s back to what it was, however.

    ***********************
    It looked like Arial to me too. I kind of liked it. LOL

  18. pat May 11th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    espn_durrett The Oakland A’s announced that Dallas Braden will undergo surgery on Monday on his left shoulder.

  19. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    “Question: Has anyones font on the blog looked different the last couple of days or is it just me?”

    Not at this moment, but last night it was flipping back and forth.

  20. Erin May 11th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    LoHudYankees Kevin Russo has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. #Yankees

  21. Warning Track Power May 11th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Erin
    How did Russo pass through waivers without the Pirates picking him up? Over the last few years the Pirates seemed always interested in Yankees leftovers, LOL!!

  22. Erin May 11th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    JackCurryYES Passed the Gene Monahan retirement news on to Buck Showalter, the former Yankee manager. Buck wished Geno well and said, “He deserves it.”

  23. Warning Track Power May 11th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Has anybody read that Farnsworth is having a very good season so far for the Rays?
    2 wins
    7 saves
    1 blown save
    0.73 ERA

  24. Bronx Jeers May 11th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I’ll admit that Captain Stubing’s shorts irritated me to no end. His daughter was no prize either.

    Frankly I was always glad when their hour was up it was Herve Villechaize time.

  25. Irreverent Discourse May 11th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    WTP – I read that last night was the first walk off walk of his career.

  26. stuckey99 May 11th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    So pardon me as I was away for the week, but aside from Liriano, who frightens me, is there anyone anyone wants to pick from the corpse of the 2011 Twins season?

    Kubel?

    Baker?

    Capps?

  27. DocTodd May 11th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    My wife and I always watch the Love Boat on a small DVD player whenever we fly from NY to Fl. ,and back…..don’t ask me why, but we do and the time flies by….Coochie coochie coochie….

  28. Erin May 11th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I don’t know that I’ve even seen an entire episode of The Love Boat. Just clips here and there.

    When I was in high school my family went on a cruise. My brother and I couldn’t figure out why my parents kept referring to the cruise director as Julie when her name was Amy. ;)

  29. bruceb May 11th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    arning Track Power May 11th, 2011 at 3:08 pm
    Has anybody read that Farnsworth is having a very good season so far for the Rays?
    2 wins
    7 saves
    1 blown save
    0.73 ERA

    Maybe so…but did you see his final pitch against the Indians last night. 9th inn, scores tied, bases loaded, one out, 3-2 count…and he throws it about a foot in front of home plate. Typical Farnsworth…half the time he has no idea where the ball is going.

  30. Erin May 11th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Correction: “our” parents, not just mine.

    lol

  31. Warning Track Power May 11th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Bruce
    I did not see the pitch. To be honest, I was unaware he was still in the majors. Last I remember he was pitching for the Royals.

  32. YsGuy May 11th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    good for monahan, i hope he has a great retirement.

    but please spare me the b.s. about virtures and dedication, etc. its so over the top. who wouldnt take that job and show up everyday and be nice to people, its one of the cushiest jobs on the planet. good for him that he was good enough to get that job and keep it through cbs and steinbrenner.

    happy retirement, gene and best of luck!

  33. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I wonder if George ever abused Monahan the way he allegedly abused other employees.

  34. Erin May 11th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    BrianCoz Nunez is out doing some early fielding practice at short with Mick Kelleher #yankees

    YankeesPR Don’t forget 2 come early 2day, Nova meeting + greeting fans entering Great Hall near Gate 6 @ 5pm AND Freddy Garcia will join him!

  35. Pat M. May 11th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Geno….A real good guy

  36. randy l. May 11th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    “…..for a few minutes yesterday afternoon the font was different, but then it went back to normal.”

    the FBI scans just does that to the people they are investigating for blog shenanigans :)

  37. Irreverent Discourse May 11th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Who can honestly get to the stadium by 5? I missed Granderson during the last wednesday home game, now I’m missing Nova? :(

  38. BoJo May 11th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I’ll be sorry to see Geno go…I hope he is well and enjoys a long and healthy retirement

  39. BoJo May 11th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Bets–

    Sorry to hear your return is a temporary one. I have enjoyed your contributions and miss your presence.

  40. Erin May 11th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    randy-if that’s the case I’m surprised your font hasn’t changed! ;)

  41. randy l. May 11th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    “randy-if that’s the case I’m surprised your font hasn’t changed!”

    who says it hasn’t? :)

  42. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    The font just changed and I notice there is an ad for NYY USB Flash drive in the lower left hand corner of the screen.

  43. Erin May 11th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    New Post w/lineup

    :arrow:

  44. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Font back, ad gone.

  45. ericns1 May 11th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    A class act, a great guy and I wish him the best!

  46. pat May 11th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Shenanigans would require advanced level computer knowledge and I’m all CS101 so the FBI is wasting their time.

  47. munson15 May 11th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I got to know Gene Monahan some when I worked Yankee spring training in the 70′s. Great guy. Quick story. I was 16 and working for the company that did consessions at FT. Lauderdale Stadium. Before one of the spring training games I was told I would be bringing food and beverage to Mr. Stienbrenner’s box. I was kinda grimy from doing all the prep work in the consession stands. I was told to go into the Yankees clubhouse and shower and shave. Gene brought me in and told the players I was his nephew and to give what ever I needed. Needless to say, it was quite a thrill for a NY boy and huge Yankee fan. Good Luck Gene.

  48. randy l. May 11th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    munson15-

    so any george story when you took care of his box?

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