Sunday, April 3, 2011

Todd Hutcheson, Track Record - 683

Speaking to The San Diego Union-Tribune in 2010, Padres trainer Todd Hutcheson recalled his players had their share of issues.

Some were related to baseball, Hutcheson told The Union-Tribune, others involved the players' lives.

"When you start dealing with people's lives," Hutcheson told The Union-Tribune, "you start remembering this is a game."

Hutcheson spoke to The Union-Tribune on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of a local San Diego clinic helping respond to players' medical needs. This year, Hutcheson is marking his own personal anniversary, 30 years as an athletic trainer in the Padres' organization.

Hutcheson started work with the Padres in 1982, assuming athletic training duties with the Padres' Gulf Coast League team. He joined the Padres as a 1981 graduate of the University of La Verne.

He quickly moved up the Padres ladder. By 1990, the 30-year-old was already in his fifth season as trainer for AAA Las Vegas. Soon after, Hutcheson became an assistant trainer in San Diego, in 1997, Hutcheson became the head Padres trainer.

Hutcheson has since become the go-to guy for Padre injuries, and news on those injuries.

In May 2003, Hutcheson was there to hold a compress to Ryan Klesko's head and help him off the field after Klesko was hit in the head by an Atlanta hurler's pitch.

In August 2006, Hutcheson responded spoke of surgery for Chan Ho Park, addressing internal bleeding. "He's going to be just fine," Hutcheson told The Associated Press.

In June 2010, it was a Matt Stairs knee injury. "It's not the worst thing ever, but it's something we need to be pretty careful with," Hutcheson told MLB.com.

In between, Hutcheson's training staff won staff of the year honors in 2005.

Speaking to The Union-Tribune in 2007, Hutcheson said an important part of a trainer's job is gaining the trust of the players.

"What's helped me is a track record," Hutcheson told The Union-Tribune. "You explain what you've seen before with injuries and what steps they will see along the way. Once they see they progress the same way, it gets easier.”
1990 CMC Tally
Cards Featured: 433/880 - 49.2%
Players/Coaches Featured:
441
Made the Majors: 299 - 68%-X
Never Made the Majors:
142-32%

5+ Seasons in the Majors:
124-X
10+ Seasons in the Minors:
110

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