History was made in the Bay Area on Saturday night in what turned out to be a very heated game. With the Giants facing the Padres, Alyssa Nakken took the field to become the Giants’ first base coach. It was the first time in MLB history that a female has coached on the field.
Nakken replaced Antoan Richardson as the first base coach after he was ejected from the ballgame. She was announced as his replacement during the game, getting huge applause from the Oracle Park crowd and receiving a handshake from Padres’ first baseman Eric Hosmer. It was a monumental moment for MLB.
Nakken’s helmet used in the game is already on the way to MLB’s Hall of Fame. The former Sacramento State softball star accepted a job with the Giants in January of 2020, becoming the first female coach ever in the big leagues.
“It’s a big deal. I feel a great sense of responsibility and I feel it’s my job to honor those who have helped me to where I am.”
It was a really cool moment for MLB fans and one that is long overdue. But Nakken has been training for this moment, working alongside Richardson at first base to get a better understanding of the job.
Congrats to Alyssa, what a huge day for the sport.
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