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Dodgers head athletic trainer Sue Falsone won’t return in 2014

David Brown
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Sue Falsone has been a pioneer since November 2011, when the Los Angeles Dodgers promoted her to be the first female head athletic trainer in any major professional sport in the United States. As reporter Steve Dilbeck writes in the Los Angeles Times, her time with the Dodgers is ending in disappointingly short fashion.

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Falsone tweeted Monday night that she decided to leave the Dodgers and pursue other opportunities. Dilbeck doesn't say too much about why Falsone might be leaving, but speculated this:

It’s doubtful she could have been thrilled the Dodgers forced Stan Conte, their vice president of medical services, back on the field this season.

In subsequent tweets, Falsone was gracious to players and their families, along with team ownership, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and Conte — who also was her predecessor. Falsone had been the team's physical therapist for four years before being promoted.

One thing about the Dodgers has changed since Falsone's promotion to head athletic trainer — the person who owns the team, Mark Walter. One might deduce that the changing of Conte's role, along with the major injuries the Dodgers sustained this season, indicates that ownership would be more comfortable with its own guy (no pun intended) as head athletic trainer.

If that's the case, ownership also should consider the Dodgers probably were lucky to have the likes of Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez on the field as much as they were down the stretch.

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David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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