On July 20, 2020, Alyssa Nakken made history.
Nakken took her place in the Giants’ first-base coaching box in the final innings of an exhibition game vs. the A’s, becoming the first woman to coach on the field in MLB history.
Nakken was named to the Giants’ coaching staff in January, though she won’t be in the dugout during games. MLB rules dictate a seven-coach maximum during gametime. Nakken will be in uniform, but in the clubhouse during that time.
Here’s what you need to know about the ceiling-shattering Nakken:
Who is Alyssa Nakken?
Nakken, hired to the Giants’ coaching staff in January 2020, became the first woman to be named a coach on an MLB staff. While her official title is assistant coach, Nakken had the opportunity to coach first base for a few innings during the Giants’ final exhibition game vs. the Athletics on July 20. In her role, she will focus on high performance and clubhouse culture.
But holding down the first base box is not something Nakken is unfamiliar with: She stood in the first base box a few times during intrasquad games over the summer. She worked closely alongside first base coach Antoan Richardson over the summer, overseeing outfield and baserunning instruction.
But before Nakken was on the Giants’ coaching staff, she was in the San Francisco baseball operations department for six years, aiding with the team’s health and wellness programs, and served in a multitude of roles within the front office. She earned a master’s degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco in 2015.
Nakken is also a highly touted athlete in her own right. A three-sport star in high school, Nakken was named to the All Pacific Coast softball conference team for all four years during her stint at Sacramento State, with a first-team nod in 2009. During her time as a Hornet, she batted .304 with 19 home runs at first base.
“I feel a great sense of responsibility,” Nakken said in February (via MLB.com). “Coaching, I never saw it. This job has kind of been hidden for so long. I’m so excited to be in this role for the challenge and the opportunity to make an impact for this organization that I love.
“But also, I’m excited that now girls can see there is a job on the field in baseball. It’s really cool.”
Nakked is leading a women’s revolution in baseball, which includes the Yankees’ Rachel Balkovec, the Cubs’ Rachel Folden and the Cardinals’ Christina Whitlock.
Source: Read Full Article