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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

Friday, October 02, 2015

Diamondbacks announcers’ selfie shaming needlessly alienates younger fans

Having a group of women taken to task by the broadcast booth during a meaningless game in late September for enjoying themselves is pretty silly. Presumably these women paid for a ticket, just like anyone else in attendance, and didn’t seem to be bothering anyone by snapping photos with their phones of their silly faces and giant churros, yet the television booth decided they were worthy of ridicule because they happened to be on their phones instead of using that time to watch every single minute of a nine-inning game. Welcome to 2015, gentlemen. Everyone is on their phone all the time. Baseball is a game with a lot of breaks and using that downtime to capture a fun moment with your friends shouldn’t make you the topic of a two-minute call-out. It just makes you a human in the 21st century.

Ironically, this mockery took place right as the broadcast team was pitching the T-Mobile Fan Photo promotion that encouraged fans to send in their pictures from the ballpark to be used on the broadcast. The promotion exists because people take their phones to game and snap photos of themselves, their friends, and their family enjoying the game. This group of women were doing just that. They paid for their ticket and seemed to be having a great time with one another. That’s what everyone should get out of a baseball game. Why would anyone want to participate in this promotion if they know they might be mocked for it?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 02, 2015 at 10:33 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, fans, selfies, 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

Monday, June 22, 2015

Meet the French teenager trying to become the first woman in MLB

Major League Baseball is one step closer to having its first female player. On Sunday, 16-year-old French teenager Melissa Mayeux became the first known female to be added to MLB’s international registration list.

That means Mayeux is eligible to be signed by a club during the next international signing period, which begins July 2.

While anyone can attempt to register for the list, only players who have the potential to be signed actually make the cut. Even if Mayeux isn’t signed by a club, the fact that she was accepted for the list solidifies her status as a legitimate baseball prospect.

“She’s a legitimate shortstop who makes all the plays and is very smooth and fluid in the field,” he said. “She swings the bat really well and is fearless.”


Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 22, 2015 at 09:57 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: france, french baseball, women, women in baseball



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