Alyssa Nakken played first base on the Sacramento State women’s softball team from 2009 to 2012, being named all-conference three times and Academic All American all four years. She earned a master’s degree in sport management from the University of San Francisco in 2015, and interned with the San Francisco Giants’ baseball operations department for a year during that period.
Now she has become the first female major league coach. New San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler added her to his staff. Whether it was his idea or not is unknown.
What is her job? The Associated Press is a bit vague:
“Nakken will be in uniform and helping the Giants with everything from cage work to infield practice,” its feature says. The AP adds:
“Kapler and Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi have all the confidence in Nakken’s ability to help build clubhouse continuity through stronger bonds between young players and veterans…A polished speaker who has become adept at hiding any nerves, Nakken is taking initiative early. She put on a two-day coaches retreat this week that included a “culinary experience” — much more than “a food tour,” she said — through San Francisco’s historic and diverse Mission District..
Nakken doesn’t claim to be an expert on hitting or pitching. She plans to assist coaches on both sides, and will also work a lot on outfield defense and baserunning. Nakken will be in uniform but not in the dugout during games, rather working with players in the cage to keep them ready..
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