Brewers receive Dick Martin Award

Brewers receive Dick Martin Award

MILWAUKEE -- Baseball Prospectus honored the Brewers on Friday with the Dick Martin Award, presented annually to baseball's top medical and athletic training staff.

The award, named for the longtime Minnesota Twins trainer, is based on a three-year study of factors, such as days lost to the disabled list, percentage of payroll lost to the DL and year-over-year improvements and trends regarding these numbers.

"It's not a mainstream public-type award, but it's significant because it comes from the people who really pay attention to the details," assistant general manager Gord Ash said during the final weekend of the regular season, when the Brewers learned they would win the award.

The Brewers' medical team is led by head physician Dr. William Raasch, head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger and assistant athletic trainer Dan Wright. The award will be presented at the 2005 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings next week in Dallas.

According to Baseball Prospectus, when Caplinger took over as head trainer in 2002, Brewers players combined for about 1,100 days on the DL. That number was down to 800 in 2003, the first year under general manager Doug Melvin and Ash, 330 in 2004 and 252 days in 2005, the third lowest in the Majors. Most of that time belonged to injured ace Ben Sheets, the only Brewers player to finish the season on the DL.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.