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Feature Article: Javier Alvidrez
07/20/2005 6:04 PM ET

Javier Alvidrez
Midland RockHounds
Athletic Trainer

As the Midland RockHounds began preparations for the 2005 season, they looked at the 140 games scheduled within the Texas League as a marathon of games that would require the health, endurance and strength of every player involved. The minor league schedule is based upon playing almost every day of the season. Any off days that a team may have is typically spent on the road driving to the next 5 game series in a town many miles away. That is why it is imperative to have a knowledgeable staff assigned to help keep minor injuries from turning into major season ending ones. Many fans in the Permian Basin are aware of the great players that have gone through the A's organization and made it to the big leagues. Players are not the only ones that have a passion to make it to the big show. Javier Alvidrez, (known as Javy in the clubhouse) shares that passion. Javy is the athletic trainer for the Midland RockHounds this season. Growing up in El Paso, Javier never dreamed that he would eventually be working as a trainer for a professional baseball team. That would all change on a trip to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Javier got his first taste of athletic training when he took a trip up to see his brother, (who was working in the training office at the time).

Upon graduation from New Mexico State, Javier accepted a trainer's position at Peoria High School in Phoenix. After a couple of years in Peoria, Javy was helped along by a fellow trainer who introduced him apply to an internship within the Oakland A's organization. He was hired on to the A's short season in Phoenix and dealt with the A's extended spring and major leaguers rehab assignments. It was there that Javy got his first taste of professional sports. By taking the position, Javy has put all else on hold, while pouring his life into the game of baseball. Within the past few years Javy has excelled and rose quickly in his position to the Double A affiliate in Midland.

Javier has seen player's have their seasons or even careers ended by some serious injuries. His first year with the A's, he witnessed a player running into the outfield wall, which caused partial paralysis in the young man. Not all injuries have been as bad as that specific one, however blown knees, fractured bones, and muscle tears are a regular occurrence in Javy's life. A scary moment occurred this season when RockHound's pitcher Brad Weis had his jaw broken from a sharp line drive. Javier was the first person to Brad's side to help him off the field and to get him the immediate medical attention required.

Javier hopes to continue to rise within the Oakland organization. He spent last season with a lot of the same player's that are on this year's Midland team, and gets a great feeling to see both himself and his fellow friends (players) in the clubhouse continue to reach goals and achieve what they have set out to do. Javier Alvidrez is an intricate part of the RockHounds this season, and there is no doubt that he has the utmost respect of everyone within the front office and in the clubhouse. Javier hopes to see a Texas League Championship on the wall at the end of the season, and there is no doubt that the RockHounds will need his help to get there.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.