Jeffrey May


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In the past decade, women have made great strides in the baseball world, though there is a long way to go yet.

Women have long played baseball. On April 2, 1931, Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year-old in the Reds AA affiliate Chattanooga Lookouts struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Baseball’s first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, immediately voided her contract declaring that women are unfit to play baseball.

Between 1952 and 1992, women were banned from being signed to an MLB team. In 1993, the White Sox drafted left-handed pitcher Carey Schueler.

November 2019 saw a flurry of teams hiring women at all positions in the game.

The Florida Marlins named Kim Ng as their General Manager, making her the first woman to be GM of any professional men’s team in American sports.

She is also the first woman of Asian descent to lead a baseball club’s operations.

In early 2022, Katie Krall was named as a player development coach in the Red Sox Double-A team in Portland, they became the first organization to have two active female coaches.

She joined Bianca Smith, who became the first black woman to serve as a professional baseball coach when she took on the role in Fort Myers, Florida.

Rachel Balkovec manages the Single-A Tampa Tarpons, after spending time as the Yankees hitting coach, the first woman to manage a major league-affiliated team.

French shortstop Mélissa Mayeux, became the first woman on the MLB international registry, making her eligible to be signed with a major league team.

She currently plays softball at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Could Mayeux be the first woman to play in the Show?




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