Blust: Mujeres en el diamante: Siegal brings baseball clinic to girls in Mexico

From Kendal Blust at Fronteras Desk on December 11, 2019, on SABR member Justine Siegal:

It’s Thursday night at Hermosillo’s baseball stadium, and the stands are packed with fervent fans, cheering on the city’s minor league team, the Naranjeros.

Baseball in Hermosillo is a big party — with family and friends, food and drink, music and dancing. And of course the drama of the game.

But tonight, the Naranjeros are also making history.

“We present to you, Justine Siegal!” the announcer tells the bustling crowd.

With two blond ponytails tucked under her Naranjeros baseball cap, Seigal walks onto the field, waving to the cheering crowd. She’s in the dugout tonight as a honorary coach for the Naranjeros, making her the first woman to coach in the league’s history.

Siegal’s used to making history. A decade ago, she became the first woman to coach professional men’s baseball when she worked as a first-base coach for the Brockton Rox in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball in 2009.

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Originally published: December 11, 2019. Last Updated: December 11, 2019.