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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Bob Grimes used his training experience over three decades in the minors

Bob Grimes had been a trainer in the minors for more than 15 years by 1998, so he knew enough not to put a firm timeline on Iowa Cub Pedro Valdes' injury, according to The Des Moines Register.

Valdes' injury: A dislocated kneecap.

"It's one of those injuries that can change daily," Grimes told The Register that April. "He could be out anywhere from a week to a month."

Grimes has since gone on to a career as a trainer that's spanned three decades. He spent most of that time in the Cubs system. More recently, he's been with the Mets.

Grimes started with the Cubs in 1985, having graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in sports medicine.

He started out at short-season Geneva, then made single-A Winston-Salem in 1986 and single-A Charleston and Peoria in 1988 and 1989. 

Grimes made AA Charlotte in 1990, then AAA Iowa in 1995. In August 1997, Grimes spoke about one of his team's catchers, Mark Dalesandro, who'd played through injury because the team had no one else.

"He won't leave until we have to carry him off on a stretcher," Grimes told The Register. "He's tough."

In 2001, still with Iowa, Grimes served as a trainer at the AAA All-Star game. In April 2007, Grimes got to see Felix Pie off to his major league debut

"He was still excited when I saw him at 5," Grimes told The Register then.

In 2011, he worked at short-season Boise. He also worked to help stock the visiting clubhouse food on a road trip, a local media report noted.

He moved to the Mets system after 28 total years with the Cubs. The 2018 season marked his second year there.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,590
Made the Majors:1,244-34.7%
Never Made Majors:2,346-65.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:517
10+ Seasons in the Minors:305

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