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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Brian Thorson, Dedicated Person - 26

In a 2008 feature on Stockton Ports clubhouse manager Vic Zapien, team trainer Brian Thorson could only offer praise, according to The Stockton Record.

"I've often said I have a lot of the jobs that no wants to do, but Vic has the jobs I don't want to do," Thorson told The Record with a laugh. "If we go on a road trip and come back late, with a game the next day, he'll be here until 4 a.m., get a few hours' sleep and come back. He's a very dedicated person."

Thorson could be described as dedicated himself. By 2008, he'd spent three decades in the game as a trainer, tending to player injuries and player conditioning. He'd worked at single-A and AA, spent much of his time in the Athletics system and even saw a World Series with the Brewers.

The trainer has also earned the appropriate nickname "Doc" Thorson.

His long career as a trainer is continuing into 2017, as he returns to serve as trainer for the Athletics' single-A Beloit Snappers.

Thorson's long career in baseball began in 1979, having graduated from the University of Wisconsin at LaCross. He served that first year at AA Holyoke in the Brewers system.

The Brewers soon needed him enough to call on him in 1982. His 1990 Best card notes he worked as an assistant trainer for the Brewers during the World Series that year.

He moved to the Athletics system shortly after and he has remained there. He served as trainer at Huntsville in 1990, one of seven seasons he spent in that city. His time there earned him a spot in the Huntsville Hall of Fame, according to his 2000 card, when he served as trainer at AA Midland.

In 1996, he served as trainer at single-A West Michigan as the club won the Midwest League championship.

Along the way, Thorson has served with the Athletics at short-season Vermont, single-A Burlington and Kane County, high-A Stockton, along with Huntsville and Midland, according to

He also served as a trainer in the Puerto Rico Winter League, going to four Caribbean Series, and worked All-Star teams across at least five leagues. His 2017 season will mark his 39th in pro ball.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,475
Made the Majors: 999-40.4%-X
Never Made Majors:1,476-59.6%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 416
10+ Seasons in the Minors:253

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