San Francisco Giants coach Alyssa Nakken made history on Monday night as she became the first female MLB coach to have an on-the-field role during a game.
Nakken, who has been with the Giants since 2014, acted as the first-base coach during the later innings of the team's scrimmage with the Oakland Athletics. She had made history earlier this year as well when she became the first woman to have a full-time coaching role in baseball when she joined new manager Gabe Kapler's staff.
Prior to her time in the organization, Nakken shined on the softball field for Sacramento State from 2009 to 2012. She was an Academic All-American all four years and earned all-conference honors three times.
Giants outfielder Hunter Pence took to Twitter following the game to congratulate his coach on the achievement.
Congratulations on making history! https://t.co/lDVapd3DPi— Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) July 21, 2020
In addition to Nakken's on-field coaching debut, the scrimmage in the Bay Area also made national news when Kapler became the first MLB manager to kneel during the national anthem. The first-year skipper was joined by outfielder Jaylin Davis and first-base coach Antoan Richardson.
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