In the fall of 1999, Mark Letendre was selected by Major League Baseball to develop an athletic health care program for its 68 umpires. Now, as Director of Umpire Medical Services/Major League Baseball, Letendre has the primary responsibility of supervising the comprehensive, first ever health care plan that he formulated for the “men in blue”. He also oversees the equipment and uniform program for MLB umpires. The Manchester native is a 1978 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health. He has been affiliated with major league baseball for 24 years, including 18 years as a certified athletic trainer. After a stint as a trainer in the New York Yankees minor league system, he was assistant trainer with the parent club from 1982-1985. In 1996, Letendre became the medical director/head athletic trainer for the San Francisco Giants, a position he held until he assumed his present administrative duties. In 1987 and again in 1994, he served as the athletic trainer for the National League in the annual MLB All-Star Game. He has served on the MLB Committee to standardize player health histories and travels extensively throughout the country speaking on health care issues, including the potential hazards of chewing tobacco. Mark Letendre is vice president of the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.), a charitable organization, and serves on the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Scottsdale, Arizona. He resides in Scottsdale with his wife, Judy, and their daughters, Alyssa and Shannon.