NEWS: Jennie Finch set to be first female manager in pro baseball history (USA)
Former Olympic great Jennie Finch’s name has been etched in the softball history books for nearly two decades; now, she will make her mark on America’s national pastime.
With the help of a promotion from an independent team, Finch is set to become the first female manager in professional baseball history. Finch will serve as a guest manager for the Bridgeport Bluefish when they host the Maryland Blue Crabs this weekend in Connecticut. The move was announced by the Bluefish in March and will add to the slow but steady progress being made by the various leagues to create a more inclusive hiring process.
“We are really excited to have Jennie come out and manage the team,” said Bluefish General Manager Jamie Toole in the release. “She is an incredible athlete and a wonderful person, and we hope our fans will enjoy seeing her in a Bluefish uniform for the day.”
Finch’s name remains in the sports world due to her stellar career as a softball pitcher for the Arizona Wildcats, with whom she captured the 2001 national title, and the U.S. Olympic team. She went on to capture a gold medal with the United States in 2004 and a silver at the Beijing Games in 2008 — the American team’s gold medal game 3-1 loss to Japan marked the end of the program’s 22-game win streak and the end of the sport’s existence within the quadrennial event. Following the 2008 competition, Finch was one of softball’s most vocal advocates, though the International Olympic Committee axed the sport from the Olympics in 2005.
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