After 49 years, Gene Monahan to step down

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Gene Monahan collects his 2009 World Series ring. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

Gene Monahan, the longest-tenured trainer in the game, will step down at the end of the season, the Yankees announced today. Monahan, who missed Spring Training last year to undergo extensive treatment for cancer, has been with the organization since 1962 and has served as the club’s head trainer continuously since 1973.

“Gene Monahan embodies all the very best virtues that this organization strives to uphold,” Hal Steinbrenner said today in a statement. “His devotion to his craft, passion for the game of baseball and tireless work ethic are only a few of the qualities that have made him a bedrock within this franchise for nearly 50 years. Gene has made a lifetime’s worth of sacrifices and contributions in order to best serve the Yankees, and our entire organization will always be grateful.”

Monahan got his start with the Yankees while still a senior in high school in Fort Lauderdale. In 1962, he served as the club’s bat boy and clubhouse attendant and then began a journey through the organization. He started out as a trainer with the Class-D affiliate in Fort Lauderdale, and throughout his time with the Yanks, he worked toward a degree in athletic training from the University of Indiana. He made the jump to Double-A in 1965, and after four years there, he was promoted to Triple A Syrcause. He and George Steinbrenner both arrived in the Bronx in 1973.

As the longest-tenured head train in the game, Monahan has been honored of late. He and assistant trainer Steve Donohue were named “Best Athletic Trainers” by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainer Society last year. He is also a member of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.

Last spring, as the Yanks’ trainer battled cancer of the throat and tonsils, Wayne Coffey of the Daily News profiled his life and career with the Yankees. After 49 years with the club confronting countless injuries and his own personal battle, Monahan deserves all the rest he can find in retirement. The organization won’t be the same without him.

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  • Squishy Jello Person

    Man, if anyone’s deserved a long and easy retirment, it’s Geno. He’ll be missed.

  • Daniel

    Is Gene the one who marks up all the memorabilia for the players?

  • Dr. O

    It will be very weird not seeing him with the team, but congratulations to Geno on an awesome career.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    Unsung hero of many championship seasons, “you go Geno.”

  • jon

    If my math is right does this mean that Gene has 10 world series rings?

    • Rick in Boston

      I only count seven:

      1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        You left out “2011”.

      • Mattpat11

        1962 as well.

        • Rick in Boston

          Too late, but he wasn’t with the parent club in 1962.

  • Pat D

    The more I think about it, the more I think there’s an increased possibility for a Phil Rizzuto moment with Posada.

    That is only if he continues to not hit, they do decide to call up Montero, and Chavez is able to come back by the ASB or shortly thereafter.

    The question then would be if Posada bows out gracefully or not. It will be a sad day all around.

    • Pat D

      Whoops! This was supposed to go in the Posada thread. I think I hit reply again instead of submit and it ended up here.


      But, yes, Gene Monahan will be sorely missed, and I wish him all the best.

  • bexarama

    Great career, good for him. Best of luck, Geno.

  • Pasqua

    First of all, I think a plaque in Monument Park might be in order. Although Monahan is an “unsung” member of the team, his contributions have been numerous, and he is as much a “Yankee” as any player.

    Second, does anybody know how he’s doing? The details were pretty hush-hush regarding his illness (as they should be), but I never heard about how he was progressing after-the-fact. I always presumed his return to the team was a very good sign.

    • jon

      A plaque in monument park for a athletic trainer?

      yea lets put him right next to the babe and the iron horse

      • bexarama

        Plaques aren’t monuments. Bob Sheppard has one. There are plaques commemorating the popes who held mass at Yankee Stadium. I think a plaque’d be pretty appropriate.

        • Pasqua


        • jon

          when gene gets the title “The Trainer of God” like bob sheppard maybe

          or when hes the highest position in the group that has over a billion followers maybe

          • louis

            Or when he’s the best trainer in any sport? I believe that’s more deserving than a plaque for the pope at yankee stadium, no matter what way you slice it. He is and always should be remembered as a yankee legend in my opinion.

  • Salty Buggah

    Geno has had a great career. It’ll be weird to see the dugout without him, especially when some milestone occurs.

  • Klemy

    Sad news. Enjoy the retirement Gene!

  • Tags

    Gene is truely deserving of all the accolades. A true class act, he will be missed!