Thomas Truedson: Former New York Mets Athletic Trainer, now Detroit Lakes Angel

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Trent Jackson

Tom Truedson, originally from Richfield, Minnesota, is a former athletic trainer of the New York Mets farm system and is now a member of the Detroit Lakes Angels.

A 2002 graduate of Richfield High School, Truedson grew up playing baseball and became interested in athletic training the summer before his senior year while playing American Legion Baseball. Truedson broke his wrist and fractured his tibia in a play that involved him colliding with an opponent first baseman. “I learned to appreciate their work,” Tom said after he spent lots of time with the high school athletic trainer, sparking his interest towards a career in athletic training.

After high school, Truedson attended St. Cloud State University and received a degree in athletic training. After graduating, Truedson served as an athletic training intern for the St. Cloud River Bats of the Northwoods League. There he discovered that he really wanted to pursue a career in athletic training and decided to attend graduate school.

Truedson went on to Minnesota State University-Mankato and spent two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. There Truedson was the main trainer for the baseball team and also helped out for basketball and football.

After receiving his master’s degree in exercise science, Truedson began the job search. He applied to every single major league team and received several interviews. The New York Mets were the best fit. He began working with the Mets in 2009 as an athletic training intern in Florida at their rehabilitation facilities. There he assisted with all of the minor league players’ rehabilitations. “I learned a lot from the physical therapist there and made myself better,” Tom said about his first experience with the Mets. Truedson then moved on as a head athletic trainer for the Kingsport Mets (Rookie ball) in Kinsport, Tennessee in 2010, and then spent three seasons in Savannah, Georgia with the Savannah Sand Gnats, a member of the low A-level South Atlantic League. He also spent time as the head athletic trainer for the Gulf Coast League team.

During his time as a minor league baseball trainer, Truedson was recognized for his work. In 2011 he received the PBATS (Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society) Athletic Trainer of the year award for the South Atlantic League. In 2013, he was voted to the South Atlantic League all-star game.

Truedson very much enjoyed working with the players “every step of the way” and felt rewarded seeing players’ progress. “It’s fun to see the players I worked with in the big leagues now,” said Truedson. Notable players Truedson worked with include 2014 National League Rookie of the Year, Jacob deGrom, a starting pitcher for the Mets.

Interaction with players and unique experiences highlighted Truedson’s work as a trainer. In Savannah, Truedson had the privilege of working with one of his heroes, former Minnesota Twin Frank Viola. “I had a poster of him in my room growing up,” said Truedson. Viola was the pitching coach during Truedson’s stay with the team.

Another former Twin happened to be in Florida when Truedson was working in a fall instructional league. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana was in Fort Myers rehabbing and kindly invited Truedson and his coworkers over to his house to watch football. “That’s something to tell my grandkids about,” Truedson said.

After five and a half years with the Mets, Truedson now works for Sanford Health in Detroit Lakes as an athletic trainer and returns to playing amateur baseball in Minnesota. Truedson played for the Richfield Ramblers for three years out of high school. As a trainer, Truedson kept his arm in shape as he was often throwing with players rehabbing, though he still had to “knock some dust off.” He is also willingly the Angel’s “trainer on the side” and enjoys helping teammates with any type of medical questions. Truedson resides in Detroit Lakes with his wife Aimee, and their 15 month old daughter Linnae. 

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