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06/24/2010 4:52 PM ET
Major League Baseball's Mark Letendre honored by the National Athletic Trainers' Association
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Mark Letendre, Major League Baseball's Director of Umpire Medical Services, has been honored as one of the national recipients of the 2010 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. The award was presented during NATA's 61st Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in Philadelphia.

Letendre is only the sixth person affiliated within Major League Baseball to be given the award, which recognizes outstanding dedication and service to the athletic training profession. Letendre, an athletic trainer for a combined 18 years with the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees, joined the Office of the Commissioner in 1999, implementing and overseeing the comprehensive athletic healthcare program for the Major League Umpires.

Letendre has been a NATA member since 1979 and also is a member of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). Letendre was honored in 1998 by the National Spit Tobacco Education Program (NSTEP) for his efforts to educate players on the effects of spit tobacco. He also serves as a Vice President with the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.), which is dedicated to assisting members of the baseball family who are in need through financial grants, healthcare programs and rehabilitative counseling.

"Major League Baseball is proud of Mark as he receives this outstanding recognition," said Frank Robinson, MLB's Senior Vice President of Major League Operations. "Mark has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Major League Umpires, and all of us with Major League Baseball applaud him."

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