The first full-time female coach in MLB history is about to have a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
From the AP:
“It should make for a nice addition to our collection!” Hall of Fame President Tim Mead said in a text message.
Nakken made another piece of history earlier this week when she filled in as the Giants’ first-base coach during a summer camp exhibition, marking the first time a woman had served as an on-field coach for an MLB team.
While Nakken isn’t necessarily the first female coach in MLB history — Justine Siegal has worked for multiple teams as a batting practice pitcher and instructional league coach — her hiring and with the Giants represents a milestone for baseball. She currently works as a uniformed coach, but is not one of the seven coaches on the field during regular season games.
The 30-year-old Nakken has been with the Giants since 2014, when she was hired as a baseball operations intern involved in the draft and player development. Before that she was an all-conference softball player at Sacramento State, then graduated from the University of San Francisco with a masters degree in sports management.
Among the other new additions to the Hall of Fame will be the first pitch thrown by Max Scherzer on Thursday’s season opener, the ball that officially kicked off what could be the oddest season in MLB history.
Thanks, Max! Baseball's back, and this one's headed to Cooperstown. Thank you to the @Nationals for donating this ball, thrown by Max Scherzer for the first pitch of the 2020 season, to the Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/bLi64oUFv5— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) July 24, 2020
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