Giants' Alyssa Nakken Becomes 1st Female On-Field Coach in MLB History

Doric SamApril 13, 2022

San Francisco Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken signs autographs for fans prior to a spring training baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Thursday, March 31, 2022, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

San Francisco Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken continued to make history Tuesday.

Nakken, who was already the first full-time female coach in major league history, became the first female coach to make an on-field appearance in an MLB game when she filled in after the ejection of first base coach Antoan Richardson against the San Diego Padres.

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Not how you draw it up with Antoan Richardson getting ejected, but Alyssa Nakken becomes the first female coach to make an on-field appearance in a major league game. <a href="https://t.co/KyLDUT85B1">pic.twitter.com/KyLDUT85B1</a>

Nakken, who was an intern in the Giants' baseball operations department in 2014, was named to the coaching staff in January 2020. She made an appearance as the first base coach in an exhibition game in July that year.

The Giants won the game 13-2 to move to 3-2 on the season.

According to Molly Burkhardt of MLB.com, as of January, 10 women were set to work as on-field coaches across major and minor league teams in the 2022 season.

Nakken told MLB Network's Amy Gutierrez in March that she felt it was important to build a community with the women who coach in MLB.

"There's a lot of people that sure you trust and can talk to about things, but sometimes they just don't get it because they haven't been in those positions," Nakken said (h/t Lindsay Kimble of People). "So it is nice to just kind of swap stories now that we're able to be together and actually go out to dinners and stuff.

"It's just been amazing to get to know some of the women that are in our minor league system right now and hear their stories and share a locker room with them and just be around more women in the game."

The ejection of Richardson, who is Black, has also become a topic of conversation after he said comments made by Padres acting third base coach Mike Shildt "reeked undertones of racism."

Shildt allegedly referred to Richardson as "that motherf--ker" and said he needed to be controlled following a confrontation between the pair. Richardson was the only coach ejected from the game.

The Padres and Shildt have yet to comment on the allegation.