Grossfeld: Tyler Tumminia has baseball in her blood

From Stan Grossfeld at the Boston Globe on May 4, 2015:

Tyler Tumminia is named after Ty Cobb, uses salty language, oversees the business operations of four minor league baseball teams, and co-owns a collegiate summer league team.

People in baseball say Ty is just one of the guys. Everybody, that is, except legendary comedian Bill Murray.

“No, she’s not one of the guys — she’s a girl,” says the Charleston RiverDogs Director of Fun, playfully berating a reporter.

“You’ve got to be able to tell the difference between boys and girls. You should really take some kind of community college class or something. You’ve got a camera, take some pictures and analyze them at home. There are differences.”

Actually, Ty Tumminia is a woman, and a powerful one at that.

Her background is unprecedented.

“I was raised by a scout, I married a scout,” says Tumminia. She also is a scout, having completed the Major League Scout Development Program in Phoenix in 2011.

Baseball pulses through her veins. Her father, John Tumminia, is a 30-year scout for the Chicago White Sox.

And her husband is Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, although she’ll never volunteer that information.

“I don’t need to,” she says. “I’m very proud of my husband and very proud of what he does, but I’ve been doing this for 13 years.”

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Originally published: May 5, 2015. Last Updated: May 5, 2015.