Detroit Tigers hire Ryne Eubanks to be their new head athletic trainer
The Detroit Tigers announced a slew of coaching hires on Tuesday; including two new hitting coaches, a new assistant pitching coach, and a new head athletic trainer, Ryne Eubanks. News regarding their hires of pitching (Robin Lund) and hitting coaches (Michael Brdar and Keith Beauregard) were trickling out from news outlets yesterday afternoon, but in the Illitch News Hub press release, they added the Eubanks hiring as part of their announcement.
Per the article, Eubanks has an extensive background in athletic training in professional baseball and served as the Arizona Diamondbacks' assistant athletic trainer over the past three seasons; his ninth season with the organization overall. Eubanks has his bachelor's degree and master's from the University of Arkansas in exercise science and kinesiology.
The move comes as the latest step in revamping the player performance and medical departments, something new President of Baseball Operations Scott Harris has made a priority early in his tenure. The club recently was subjected to drastic drops from veterans like Jonathan Schoop, Jeimer Candelario, and Robbie Grossman; and dealt with injuries to several key contributors like Casey Mize, Kyle Funkhouser, Jose Cisnero, Austin Meadows, Riley Greene, and Tarik Skubal among others.
The latter, justly or unjustly, has drawn criticism from the fanbase to their training and medical departments. As we have written about, health is key in maximizing a team's potential particularly in the pitching department. Between the hires of Lund and Eubanks, it is becoming increasingly clear the Detroit Tigers are paying more attention to how players are moving, and how those movements impact the potential for injury down the road.
According to the PBATS (Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society), Eubanks resides in Scottsdale, AZ currently and enjoys golf and spending time outdoors with his free time. It also appears he may enjoy Wheel of Fortune.