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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

JTA via Ha’aretz: A Jewish Baseball Player Forges a New Path for Women in the Pro Leagues

Meet the latest member of your Oakland Ashkenazis.

This month, the 40-year-old Siegal, who lives in Southern California, got even closer to the action than those box seats: She worked as a coach for the Oakland Athletics’ Instructional League team in Arizona.

In doing so, Siegal became the first female to serve as a coach for a Major League Baseball club and joined the ever-growing list of women blazing new paths in the game.

“I was only able to stand in an A’s uniform because of the women who came before me,” she told JTA. “It’s humbling and great to be part of history, but my focus is to build for the future.”

Siegal already was a baseball pioneer as the first female to pitch batting practice to major leaguers, first with the Indians in 2011 and later for five other teams, including the Athletics. She had been the first woman to coach for a men’s professional team, with the independent Brockton (Massachusetts) Rox in 2009. And from 2008 to 2011, she was a coach for Springfield College, from where she earned a doctorate in sports psychology.

In 2010, she founded Baseball for All, which works to increase opportunities for girls and young women to play baseball. Siegal said the organization has “inspired the creation of girls’ teams and leagues around the country, with others in the works.”

Siegal started playing baseball at age 5 and went on to play in male leagues. Her first job was in the sport: working at a batting cage as a high school senior. Later, to win the batting practice gigs with major league teams, she emailed general managers and attended the Winter Meetings to approach managers in person.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 28, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, oakland a's, women in baseball

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Oakland A’s hire woman coach: Justine Siegal to be guest instructor

On Tuesday, the A’s became the first major-league team to employ a woman coach, naming Justine Siegal a guest instructor for their Instructional League club.

(...)According to Forst, Siegal will work with infielders, hit fungos and throw batting practice, among other duties. Plus, Siegal, 40, has a PhD in sport and exercise psychology, and Forst said that director of player development Keith Lieppman and director of minor-league operations Ted Polakowski are looking forward to having Siegal lead classroom presentations about the mental side of the game.

Davo Posted: September 29, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, oakland a's, women in baseball

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pirates can’t find way in ninth against Royals |

I watched this live last night. What was the third base coach thinking? Down by three runs in the ninth and he sends Marte. Down three runs. In the 9th. Watch the video. (Sorry, it wasn’t available to embed.)

Trying to make it all right with another of their patented ambushes of a premier closer, the Bucs had Marte open the ninth with a single off Greg Holland and Kang followed with a smash over center fielder Lorenzo Cain’s head.

Cain to Alcides Escobar to Salvador Perez erased Marte.


Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, pirates, third base coach



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