Independent Leagues Newsbeat
Friday, September 16, 2016
Probably just a publicity stunt to get fans in the stands to watch the GM.
At first glance, Knichel appears part-stereotype: Her hair is perfectly curled and she wears a large, monogramed necklace. Her office is not only decorated with nine years’ worth of Blue Crabs momentos, but also with a pink base from a breast cancer awareness event and a mug scrawled with “World’s best lady boss” in pink script. On the wall behind her desk, there’s a framed picture of the Blue Crabs’ opening pitch.
If that clashes with the summer boys’ culture of baseball, Knichel does not care—she has a vision for what she wants, and she’s quick to respond if she sees something out of place.
Earlier this year, Knichel was visiting the locker room after a game to talk to Owens. As she usually does, she called out before entering to make sure all the players were at least decently dressed. As Knichel walked in, a first-year player made a crack, miming her peering through her fingers to see the supposedly naked studs in the locker room. Knichel stopped.
“I was like, ‘Dude, I’ve worked here nine years,’” she said. “‘If I wanted to look at d—ks, I’d have looked at d—ks, you know?’”
Friday, June 03, 2016
Women have made significant strides in baseball in recent years. USA Baseball has a women’s national team. Amanda Hopkins is working as a full-time scout for the Mariners. Mo’Ne Davis starred in the Little League World Series in recent years. Justine Siegal was the first female coach in affiliated baseball when she worked at the Athletics’ instructional league camp last fall.
The idea of women in baseball will take another step forward this fall when Fox rolls out “Pitch,” a drama about the first woman to play for a big league team. The show has a promotional tie-in with Major League Baseball, which has granted full use of MLB trademarks for the show.
And now softball star Jennie Finch and Siegal are both serving as guest managers in the independent leagues this season.
Finch became the first female manager of a professional team when she served as guest manager of the Atlantic League’s Bridgeport Bluefish for a late-May game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
Finch signed autographs, set the lineup, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and led the Bluefish to a win.
Siegal will follow in Finch’s footsteps when she leads the Pacific Association’s San Rafael Pacifics for two days as their guest manager in June.
Siegal is the logical candidate to become the first full-time female manager in pro baseball. Now it’s just a matter of getting the offer.
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