From Tim Booth at The Associated Press on August 18, 2017:
Nearly two years ago, Amanda Hopkins’ phone rang. It was a call she dreamt of receiving, one that broke barriers and made her a part of baseball history.
Almost immediately, her competitiveness took over.
“She put a sign up on her bedroom door saying, ‘Stay out, we’re opponents,’” recalled her father, Ron Hopkins, a special assistant to the general manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates. “In other words, my bedroom is off limits to you, there is info in here. I got a kick out of it.”
The 24-year-old Hopkins is now about to complete her second year as an area scout for the Seattle Mariners. Her responsibility is the Four Corners area of the Southwest, taking her to destinations like Greeley, Colorado, and Hobbs, New Mexico, two of the more challenging places to get to from her base in the Phoenix area.
She is also the first full-time female baseball scout in more than 50 years, breaking through a barrier that required diligence on her end and willingness by the Mariners organization.
Read the full article here: https://apnews.com/52b38ee2da9347678e952405959ba18e/Hopkins-is-first-female-baseball-scout-in-more-than-50-years
- Related link: Read the SABR biography of Phillies scout Edith Houghton
Originally published: August 18, 2017. Last Updated: August 18, 2017.