Siegal: Call me coach

From SABR member Justine Siegal at The Players’ Tribune on Decmeber 10, 2015:

When I first emailed the Oakland A’s to ask about a coaching job, it didn’t happen.

Or the next year, when I sent a second email.

And the year after that, when, you guessed it, I sent another email.

I had thrown batting practice for the A’s in 2011 and stayed in touch with Billy Beane, dropping him a note when I completed my PhD in sports psychology, just to keep him in the loop. I had developed a good relationship with Billy after throwing batting practice and knew they were the team I wanted to pursue coaching with. I figured getting to the instructional league would be my best bet — coaches are often invited, many from across the world, to learn the game and show what they know.

But this past July, I decided to reach out once again. I’m not sure I can explain why I thought fourth time would be the charm, but I just had this feeling.​

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Originally published: December 10, 2015. Last Updated: December 10, 2015.