April 17, 2021

Giants’ Alyssa Nakken embracing role as first female MLB coach (ESPN)


SAN FRANCISCO — Alyssa Nakken stole a quick glance out a window high above the ballpark toward McCovey Cove on a picture-perfect day and grinned.

She is honored to take on the challenge — and embrace the responsibility — of being the first female major league coach, having joined new San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler’s staff last month.

“I’m most comfortable at a baseball field,” she said.

It’s a good thing, since she will be spending countless hours over the coming eight months in this very setting. Nakken will be in uniform and helping the Giants with everything from cage work to infield practice.

For Nakken, making history means being ready each day to make an impact in her own distinct way while ignoring the critics and anyone who thinks she is unfit for an on-field baseball job based on her gender.

“No turning back now, you’re in it,” she said. “Here we go.”

She does accept her role as an example for girls and women that they can work in baseball.

“It’s a big deal. I feel a great sense of responsibility and I feel it’s my job to honor those who have helped me to where I am,” she said.

Kapler and Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi have all the confidence…

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