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Jim Kahmann trained in minors, bigs: Baseball Profiles

Jim Kahmann 1990 Portland Beavers card

Vancouver outfielder Rodney McCray ran to catch the ball in this June 1991 game at Portland, and kept running - through the fence.

Portland trainer Jim Kahmann then took off running himself, to see if McCray was OK, fearing the worst, The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote years later.

"I ran out there," Kahmann recalled to The Star Tribune of the famous play. "All of a sudden, he jumped out and it surprised me. I was like, 'Hey, wait a minute.'"

Kahmann would go on to serve as Twins AAA trainer for four more seasons. He then would make Minnesota and join the major league training staff.

Kahmann's career in training began in 1985, out of Mankato State University where he got a degree in physical education and athletic training.

He started as trainer for the co-op Utica Blue Sox. He moved to the Expos system in 1986, then the Twins in 1989 at AA Orlando.

Kahmann made AAA Portland with the Twins in 1990 and stayed at AAA through 1995. In November 1995, he made the jump to assistant trainer in Minnesota.

In 2002, identified as team trainer, Kahman commented to The Star Tribune on the rehab assignment return from injury of second baseman Luis Rivas.

"We have to be careful as to when we start him on that," Kahmann told The Star Tribune. "A rehab assignment is only 20 days long, so you have to be careful as to when you start the clock."

Kahmann appears to have continued as Twins trainer through 2006.

Jim Kahmann 1990 Portland Beavers card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,373
Made the Majors:1,410-32.2%-X
Never Made Majors:2,963-67.8%
5+ Seasons in the Majors:574
10+ Seasons in the Minors:354

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