Baltimore Orioles promote Brian Ebel to head athletic trainer
You may not know the name Brian Ebel, but odds are you’ve seen him on the bench during Baltimore Orioles’ games. He was the Asst. Athletic Trainer for 21 years under the legendary Richie Bancells. Bancells of course retired after 41 years on the job following the 2017 season.
Ebel always had the inside track to replace Bancells, although it wasn’t made official until yesterday. He’s been Bancells’ assistant for the past 21 years, and he started with the organization in 1985. So even without Bancells for the first time in over 40 years, the Orioles still have a tenured person as their head trainer.
As many injuries as the Orioles seem to amass each year, the fact that a familiar face will be leading the sports medicine effort in the clubhouse is a good thing. Ebel is a guy with whom players are already familiar, and who already knows their ins and outs. Hopefully, nothing skips a beat.