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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Joe Hubbard traveled as pro trainer: Baseball Profiles

Joe Hubbard 1990 Elizabethton Twins card

Joe Hubbard joined the World Football League in 1992, as trainer for the Sacramento Surge.

His hometown Elizabethton Star asked him what he liked best- and least - about his new assignment.

"The chance to travel," Hubbard told The Star of what he liked best. And least? "The travel."

Hubbard got some travel in in his career as a trainer, both in the World Football League and around Tennessee and elsewhere as he also served as trainer for the rookie Elizabethton Twins and at East Tennessee State University.

Hubbard served as trainer at Elizabethton in 1990 before he even got his degree. He got that in December 1990 from Carson-Newman University in Tennessee.

After serving his first season at Elizabethton, Hubbard earned his athletic trainer certification that November, something that required 1,800 hours of work under another trainer.

Beyond that, Hubbard worked in 1992 as a trainer at East Tennessee State University. That August, he spoke to The Knoxville News-Sentinel about his honeymoon, taken horseback riding in the Smokies.

"It's quiet and peaceful," Hubbard told The News-Sentinel of horseback riding with his new wife on the trails there. "You can ride and talk and not worry about things. Nobody's going to find you out there." 

Joe Hubbard 1990 Elizabethton Twins card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,384
Made the Majors:1,413-32.2
Never Made Majors:2,971-67.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:575
10+ Seasons in the Minors:354

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