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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Brown freshman is first woman to make Division I baseball roster

Olivia Pichardo is making history as the first female baseball player to be on an active NCAA Division I roster.

Pichardo was added to the Brown baseball team for the 2023 season on Monday.

The 18-year-old freshman made the Bears’ roster as a utility player after trying out for the team this fall. Pichardo worked out as a middle infielder, outfielder and pitcher and made the varsity team as a walk-on.

“I’m just really glad that we’re having more and more female baseball players at the collegiate level, and no matter what division, it’s just really good to see this progression,” Pichardo said in a Brown University press release. “It’s really paving the way for other girls in the next generation to also have these goals that they want to achieve and dream big and know that they can do it.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 22, 2022 at 12:28 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: women in baseball

Sunday, September 04, 2022

MLB is overdue for a female umpire. One may be on the way.

The first thing to know about Jen Pawol — and listen closely because this is important — is that she would rather no one know much about her at all. Professional umpires are professionally inconspicuous, and women in baseball always have known the key to a life in baseball is the ability to blend.

The second thing to know about Jen Pawol — and this is important, too — is that she someday may become the first woman to umpire a Major League Baseball game. Pawol, 45, would never say that herself. From her perspective, she and the other members of her three-person Class AA umpiring crew are all in the same position, two steps from the majors, on the cusp of living their thankless dreams.

But people like her crewmates Tanner Moore and Kellen Martin have made the journey to the majors before. No woman ever has. So she is not in the same position as they are, even though she says everyone is doing a remarkable job of treating her like she is.

Fifty years after the passage of Title IX, many women are finding their way into baseball roles no one like them has had before. Kim Ng is the general manager of the Miami Marlins. Eve Rosenbaum was just named assistant general manager of the rising Baltimore Orioles. Kelsie Whitmore is playing in the Atlantic League. Alyssa Nakken is a coach for the San Francisco Giants. Rachel Balkovec is managing a New York Yankees minor league affiliate. That list is hardly all-inclusive.

But only nine women have umpired in the minor leagues, according to MLB. Two, Pawol and Isabella Robb, are currently umpiring in the minor leagues. Numerically, she is an outlier. On the field, she is far less so.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2022 at 04:47 PM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires, women in baseball



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