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Brad Shores worked as trainer, determined who could play

Brad Shores 1990 Appleton Foxes card

Appleton Foxes trainer Brad Shores described the nature of pitching and its effects on the body to The Appleton Post-Crescent in July 1989.

"There are a lot of large muscles in the chest and upper back that come into play in an underhanded motion. The overhand motions, on the other hand, involves small muscles," Shores told The Post-Crescent. "There is not as much clashing with bones underhanded."

Shores spoke to The Post-Crescent in his first season as Appleton trainer and fourth season overall training in the Royals minor leagues. He went on to see two more seasons, then use his expertise elsewhere.

Shores' training career began in 1985, out of Central Connecticut State University.

As a senior there, Shores served as a trainer for the school's football team, making calls on whether players could return to games. "We say he can't play or he can play," Shores told The Hartford Courant in September 1984.

Shores then served as athletic trainer at Yale University in 1985 and 1986. He then joined the Royals, as trainer at single-A Burlington.

He spent 1987 as trainer at single-A Sarasota and 1988 in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He arrived at Appleton for 1989 and returned there for 1990 and again in 1991.

In that off-seasons then, Shores worked in the outpatient physical therapy department of Appleton's St. Elizabeth's Hospital and as an outreach athletic trainer at local high schools.

Shores then went into physical therapy and went into foot health. Most recently, he worked as an orthotist, making custom molded foot orthotics in the Boston area.

Brad Shores 1990 Appleton Foxes card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,321
Made the Majors:1,396-32.3%
Never Made Majors:2,925-67.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:569
10+ Seasons in the Minors:351

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