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A life and career spent in the minor leagues for Madison's Brian "Doc" Thorson

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In minor league baseball with the Beloit Snappers the players and coaches may pass on through, but not head athletic trainer Brian "Doc" Thorson. He has been a staple in the Oakland Athletics farm system for nearly four decades.

"Around here everybody knows me as Doc," Thorson said. The Madison native, got into the minor league system early in his career with the Madison Muskies. He's been with over 20 different farm teams, majority of it spent with the A's organization. 

"It's a grind," Thorson said."The saying that goes around is it's not a sprint, it's a marathon."

Thorson's work has been noticed by the players as well.

"In the training room taking care of our bodies. All of the little injuries we go through during the year, he just makes sure that we are healthy enough to play," said Snappers outfielder Jack Meggs. "Without Doc, none of this would be possible."

Over the years, Doc has worked with players like Mark McGuire and Jose Canseco. he even has a world series ring after the A's title in 1989.

Thinking back on all of the players he's worked on over the years, Thorson said, "every once in a while at Spring Training I'll bump into somebody that I haven't seen in a long time and walk away and think, God they look old. Then I look in the mirror and think the same thing and it kind of makes a little more sense."

The day to day grind is a lot of baseball in a short amount of time. The Snappers will play about 140 games in five months and Doc has to keep the players healthy during that stretch, and there can be some pressure on his shoulders.

Thorson said, "at times when there are certain guys. Some of your better players will get hurt and you know every eye in the organization is watching and trying to get on."

We're all told at some point that we are too old to play the game anymore. Brian Thorson is proof that a career and a life can be spent in baseball.
 

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