Long-time New York Yankees Trainer, Gene Monohan, will miss Spring Training for the first time during his 38 year tenure with the team. Monohan is said to have a “significant illness’ that will force him to miss some time. Steve Donahue will assume head-trainer duties. Donahue has been Monohan’s assistant for the past 25 years.

Monohan first served as a bat boy for the Yankees in 1962. Monohan has been around the likes of Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera throughout his Yankee tenure.

With long-time Yankees Public Address announcer, Bob Sheppard,  leaving the team last year due to illness, Yankee Stadium lost one of its more familiar faces. We hope our 2nd familiar face comes back soon. We wish Monohan a quick recovery and hope he’ll be back during the 2010 season.