Baseball player and coach Justine Siegal founded an organization called Baseball For All, which “fosters, encourages, and provides opportunities for girls to participate in baseball.” She’s proving there couldn’t be a better representative for women in the sport, because she just became the first-ever female MLB coach! The Oakland Athletics is the first team to offer a woman the job, and Justine is honored to make this history-making move.
Honored and grateful to be a guest coach for @Athletics during Instructional League. Baseball really is a game for all. #DreamBig
— Justine Siegal (@justinebaseball) September 29, 2015
This isn’t the first time Justine has made baseball history, though. In 2011, she became the first woman to throw batting practice for a Major League team, the Tampa Bay Rays. Watch MLB’s footage here ¡ª the men couldn’t even believe how good she was.
In her new role, Justine will serve as a guest coach for the A’s for a limited time, Oct. 4-17. “We’re thrilled that Justine will be joining us for instructional league,” said A’s Assistant General Manager David Forst. “She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise from years of playing, coaching, and teaching the game, and all of our young players stand to benefit greatly from her time in camp.”
This exciting news comes less than two months after Jen Welter became the first female NFL coach. Jen was a training coach for a short period of time, and Justine’s role will also be short-lived, but these small steps contribute to long-term changes for women in such a male-dominated field. It’s women like Justine and Jen who show young girls they can become anything they want to be.
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