Hunzinger: MLB is trying to bring more women into front office and fields

From Erica Hunzinger at NPR’s All Things Considered on April 8, 2019:

Major League Baseball is staring down a gender problem. Despite initiatives meant to bring more women into its dugouts, executive offices and broadcast booths, everyone — including women in high-powered positions — believe things won’t change quickly enough.

“Look, I think there’s no sugar-coating this. There’s a lot to do,” said Renee Tirado, MLB’s chief diversity officer.

In 2018, MLB earned a gender grade of C on the yearly report card issued by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports. Essentially, that means 30 percent of employees in pro-baseball are women.

But MLB told KCUR that all across the league just 188 women work in baseball operations roles, doing things like looking for the best talent, negotiating contracts or scouring data to optimize player skills. That encompasses jobs in the commissioner’s office plus all 30 teams and those teams’ minor league systems.


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