Alyssa Nakken has been a trailblazer during her time in the San Francisco Giants organization.
Originally an intern, she moved into a hybrid role in the organization before 2020. She was then hired as an assistant coach prior to that season, becoming the first female on a major league coaching staff. Her duties with the Giants focused on in-game planning, baserunning, and outfield instruction. Nakken made even more history recently as Andrew Baggarly from The Athletic reported that she has interviewed for the Giants’ vacant managerial post. She is believed to be the first woman to interview for a major league managerial opening.
Alyssa Nakken continues to be trailblazer for San Francisco Giants
There have been more women in organized baseball recently. Rachel Balkovec became the first female manager in the minors. Ronnie Gajownik became the first woman to manage at the High-A level. Kim Ng became the first female general manager when she took over the Marlins. These women, and more, are following in the footsteps of Effa Manley, the only woman in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
It is seemingly a matter of time before a woman takes over as manager. Balkovec has been solid in her two years with the Tarpons, helping develop top prospects such as Jasson Dominguez and Austin Wells. Gajownik was been a rising star in the DBacks organization. And now, Nakken is getting the chance to interview for the Giants’ managerial role.
The Giants are also showing their hand a bit. In interviewing Nakken, as well as all of their internal candidates, they appear to have a preference for a first time manager. They also appear to prefer some continuity with members of Gabe Kapler’s coaching staff. If that’s the case, why shouldn’t Nakken be given a chance?
Alyssa Nakken has already made history with the San Francisco Giants. She could make even more history soon.