Footer: Women in baseball make strides in 2015

From Alyson Footer at on December 28, 2015, with mention of SABR member Justine Siegal:

For most baseball coaches, a career path begins in the college ranks, continues with a stint in a pro league and progresses to a job in the lower ranks of a Major League organization. It is a common, straightforward trajectory.

But when the coach following that particular career path is a woman, it’s news-making.

By now, you’ve probably heard of Justine Siegal. Her coaching career began long before she became well-known in baseball circles as a pioneer, but it wasn’t until almost five years ago, when she threw batting practice to Major Leaguers at Spring Training, that she became a more mainstream topic of conversation.

One of the teams Siegal threw batting practice for was the A’s, and that led to her most recent endeavor. Last fall, she was invited by Oakland to coach prospects who were participating in the instructional league, a training period that allows young prospects continue to hone their skills after the regular season is over.

Siegal, who worked mostly with infielders, called the two-week assignment “an incredible experience.”

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Originally published: December 28, 2015. Last Updated: December 28, 2015.