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Saturday, December 17, 2022

Darren London handled scary incident first year as trainer, then spent three decades in organization

Yankees AAA trainer Darren London described to The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader the time early in his career where a player of his took a throw to the temple.

The player, a second baseman for single-A Prince William in 1989, suffered an inch fracture to his skull. London was still in his own rookie campaign as a minors trainer, The Times Leader wrote.

"The one scariest thing and it was in my first year. That was… whoo… I was pretty green," London told The Times Leader in 2008. "But I think I handled it pretty well."

London went on from that first campaign to soon make AAA with the Yankees. He then stayed at AAA with the Yankees for well over two decades.

London's career as a minor league trainer began that year in 1989, as he joined the Yankees after getting his bachelor of science in physical education from the University of Maine.

London returned to Prince William for 1990. He then worked at high-A Fort Lauderdale in 1991, then AA Albany-Colonie in 1992.

By 1993, he was with AAA Columbus. He then stayed at AAA with the Yankees through at least 2021 - 28 seasons, moving with the club to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2007.

In August 2000, he spoke with The Marion Star about the effectiveness of the team's massage therapist.

"He has made a lot of our guys feel a whole lot better," London told The Star.

In 2006, he won league Trainer of the Year honors. He won it again in 2012.

"I've worked with Darren London since joining the Yankees organization in 2006," team manager Dave Miley said after London's 2012 award, according to Our Sports Central. "He not only does a great job with our injured players but makes sure through treatment and prevention that they stay healthy and on the field."

London then continued with the club through 2021.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,090
Made the Majors:1,356-33.2%
Never Made Majors:2,734-66.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:552
10+ Seasons in the Minors:334

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