SF’s Nakken embraces role as first MLB female coach


“I’m most comfortable at a baseball field,” she said.

It’s a good thing, since she will be spending countless hours over the coming eight months in this very setting. Nakken will be in uniform and helping the Giants with everything from cage work to infield practice.

For Nakken, making history means being ready each day to make an impact in her own distinct way while ignoring the critics and anyone who figures she is unfit for an on-field baseball job based on her gender.

“No turning back now, you’re in it,” she said. “Here we go.”

She does accept her role as an example for girls and women that they can work in baseball.

“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,” she said.

Kapler and Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi have all the confidence in Nakken’s ability to help build clubhouse continuity through stronger bonds between young players and veterans.

“I think why it’s difficult for me to put it into words is because throughout the interview process and getting to know Gabe and Farhan a little bit more, it was never about this,” Nakken said….

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