SF Giants’ Nakken says some MLB parks don’t have adequate facilities

CINCINNATI — The Giants are the only team in MLB with a woman on their coaching staff, but many others have women in supporting roles who frequently accompany their clubs on the road.

Alyssa Nakken, San Francisco’s pioneering major league assistant, was happy to see the league memo last week, first reported by ESPN, which chastised a number of teams for not providing support. ‘adequate facilities for traveling female staff, although she said ‘overall I think it’s pretty positive.

Under guidance provided ahead of the 2021 season, each MLB stadium must provide clean, private locker rooms for women with showers and restrooms near home and visiting clubs.

In the memo obtained by ESPN, MLB senior vice president of field operations Michael Hill wrote that many stadiums “fall embarrassingly below high standards.” Several female staff members told ESPN anonymously of the difficulties they had in finding restrooms when visiting baseball stadiums, to the point of reducing the time they could spend performing actual tasks. of their work.

“I haven’t wasted too much time, but it’s something we have to think about in some stadiums, figuring out where the restrooms are,” Nakken said Sunday in an interview with the Bay Area News Group. “We had a private dressing room, I think, in every stadium we went to. There are some where the bathroom situation is a bit difficult.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler echoed the message sent in the memo and backed by Nakken.

“Some baseball diamonds are in much better shape to accommodate our female staff and others are working there now and need to improve,” Kapler said, declining to name specific stadiums.

Nakken believes there can be a collaborative effort to design a space that is accessible to everyone.

“When it comes to infrastructure, I think there are a lot of really smart people in the league, in some clubs and in the staff, if we bring those people together we can come up with a really cool design,” Nakken said. . “Just something that’s easy to get to in the dugout, in the dining room, in the weight room, in the locker room…for everyone involved. The whole travel party. Players, staff, support staff, medical staff.

While Nakken is the only female coach on staff for the Giants — or any MLB team — she’s joined by a handful of other women from San Francisco’s traveling group who work in other areas of baseball operations.

Earlier this season, Nakken made history by becoming the first woman to play a role on the field when she took over from Antoan Richardson as first baseman coach in a game against the San Francisco Padres. Diego.

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