San Diego, Calif. - The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) announced that the organization has awarded Richie Bancells, PBATS executive board member and Baltimore Orioles head athletic trainer, with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.
The announcement was made as a part of the annual Baseball Winter Meetings.
Bancells, a member of the Baltimore Orioles organization since 1978, currently sits on the PBATS executive board as the immediate past president, after serving the organization's president for the past six years.
A certified member of the NATA, Bancells was a recipient of the 2011 NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.
is also a two-time recipient of the PBATS Athletic Training
Staff of the Year award - 1995 with Jamie Reed and 2011 with Brian Ebel.
Bancells is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
About the award, PBATS President Mark O'Neal said "PBATS is thrilled to award Richie Bancells with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.
has served the entire membership for longer than most of us have been in the game.
presence has been felt in numerous ways - both as an executive board member and as one of the best athletic trainers this league has seen.
We're all honored to call ourselves colleagues, and great friends, with Richie
Bancells presently sits on the Major League Baseball Medical Advisory Committee and during the offseason often serves as a lecturer at various seminars.
lives in Parkton, Md., with his