Alyssa Nakken: A Major League Baseball First


San Francisco Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken made major league history on Tuesday by becoming the first woman in history to coach on the field in a regular-season game, a game that will go down in history. engraved in his memory.

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Nakken replaced teammate Antoan Richardson at first base after he was ejected by umpire Greg Gibson early in the third inning of a game against the San Diego Padres. Previously, she had worked at first base in an exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics in July 2020, but was still waiting for the opportunity to play in a game that matters.

But the opportunity presented itself when bench coach Kai Correa advised her in the batting cage that she was going to replace Richardson, who had just had a run-in with the coach at third base. Padres, Mike Shildt.

“Our coach got kicked out of the game. I’ve coached first base in practice in recent years and worked with Antoan. So I found myself in the situation for which I was hired, ”she told MLB.com after the match won 13 to 2 by her team.

If Nakken wanted to minimize the thing, the players of the teams in action understood the full significance of the moment. She received congratulations from Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer, while Giants receiver Curt Casali gave her a hug on her return to the dugout.

“I introduced myself and said well done to him. This is obviously a special moment for her and for the sport. […] It’s something she should be really proud of, » Hosmer commented.

Tribute to those who helped her

The 31-year-old has been with the Giants organization since 2014 and has been part of the big club’s coaching staff since January 2020. Already, she was upbeat about breaking down barriers.

“I consider it my job to pay tribute to those who have helped me get to where I am. Coaching, I had never seen that. This job has been hidden for so long. I am excited to step into this role for the challenge and opportunity to make an impact within an organization that I love. But I’m also excited to see that girls can also get on-field jobs in baseball,” she told MLB.com shortly after she was hired.

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