The San Francisco Giants’ Alyssa Nakken made history in 2020 when she became the first female coach in Major League Baseball history. Now, it appears she’s blazing another trial as the 33-year-old former softball player has reportedly done it again. She’s become the first woman to interview for an MLB manager’s position.
Nakken already became the first woman to coach on the field in a regular-season major league game on April 12, 2022. The Giants substituted her into the game that day as the first base coach after Antoan Richardson was ejected during a game against the San Diego Padres.
Now, it appears Alyssa Nakken is a serious candidate to be the next manager of the Giants. The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly reported Sunday afternoon, citing sources, that San Francisco formally interviewed Nakken for the manager position.
The report was confirmed by ESPN after the original story broke.
The job is available because the team parted ways with Gabe Kapler, who had been behind the bench since 2020. Kapler accrued an overall record of 295-248 but only made it to the playoffs once. In 2023, the club finished 79-83, which was 21 games behind the first-place Dodgers. And for a franchise that won three World Series titles since 2010… that just doesn’t meet up to the Giants’ lofty expectations.
Prior to becoming involved in baseball, Alyssa Nakken played softball at California State University at Sacramento, where she played first base. She had a .304 batting average and was named to the All-Pacific Coast Softball Conference all four years she played – from 2009 through 2012. She originally joined the Giants in 2014 as an intern, working with the team’s health and wellness department.
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