Alyssa Nakken wanted new challenge, will make MLB history with Giants


SAN FRANCISCO — Alyssa Nakken will be in the spotlight. That tends to happen when you’re making history

Nakken will be a focus when the Giants take the field in spring training for the first time. She’ll have extra eyes on her when she hits grounders to Brandon Crawford for the first time, or throws batting practice to Buster Posey. When the players and all members of the staff line up at Dodger Stadium on March 26, there will be extra interest in the assistant coach who will become the first woman to be on a big league staff. 

The Giants know all of this, and they’re preparing for it. When the team gathers for its annual media day on Friday, Nakken will meet with reporters separately from the rest of the new 13-person coaching staff. 

The Giants know you can’t ignore the fact that Nakken is making history — except that’s exactly what she and Gabe Kapler did during a monthlong conversation that was, unbeknownst to Nakken, an interview to do something that’s never been done before. 

“Never once did Gabe talk about being the first or even being female,” Nakken said in an exclusive…

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