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NEWS: Female managers? Indy ball will lead the way in pro baseball (USA)

justine siegalWrite it down: The first female manager in pro baseball is coming. And it will happen in the independent leagues.

It simply makes too much sense.

Women have made significant strides in baseball in recent years. USA Baseball has a women?s national team. Amanda Hopkins is working as a full-time scout for the Mariners. Mo?Ne Davis starred in the Little League World Series in recent years. Justine Siegal was the first female coach in affiliated baseball when she worked at the Athletics? instructional league camp last fall.

The idea of women in baseball will take another step forward this fall when Fox rolls out ?Pitch,? a drama about the first woman to play for a big league team. The show has a promotional tie-in with Major League Baseball, which has granted full use of MLB trademarks for the show.

And now softball star Jennie Finch and Siegal are both serving as guest managers in the independent leagues this season.

Finch became the first female manager of a professional team when she served as guest manager of the Atlantic League?s Bridgeport Bluefish for a late-May game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

Finch signed autographs, set the lineup, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and led the Bluefish to a win.

Siegal will follow in Finch?s footsteps when she leads the Pacific Association?s San Rafael Pacifics for two days as their guest manager in June.


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