Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone, who made headlines two years ago when she became the first female trainer of a major professional sports team, announced that she was leaving the team “to pursue other opportunities.”
The Dodgers did not make an announcement, but a team spokesman confirmed that Falsone, who was the Dodgers’ physical therapist from 2007 to 2010 before becoming head trainer, had resigned.
The Dodgers endured a difficult season with injuries, but Falsone, 39, was never viewed as a scapegoat. They had 17 different players who were on the disabled list 25 times this season, most notably shortstop Hanley Ramirez and outfielder Matt Kemp, who surgery on his left ankle on Monday .
There was no clear indication Falsone was made to take blame for the team’s injuries. She thanked manager Don Mattingly, the coaching staff, general manager and head of medical services Stan Conte.
“I want 2 thank ownership, Ned Colletti & Stan Conte 4 the incredible opportunity they gave me over 6 years I’ve been w the organization,” she tweeted.
It is with a heavy heart to say that I will not be returning to the LA Dodgers in order to pursue other opportunities within my career.