Jennie Finch to Become the First Female to Manage Pro Baseball Team

Jennie Finch Manage Bridgeport Bluefish

Arguably the best, and most influential softball player of all time, Jennie Finch, will make history as the first ever female to manage a professional baseball team.

Jennie Finch will serve as a guest manager for the Bridgeport Bluefish on Sunday, May 29th, in Bridgeport, CT. The Bluefish are a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent professional baseball league in the Northeast.

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She will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, as well as participate in a meet & greet before the start of the game. Headlines and articles everywhere will make you believe this is a huge move for women in sports, and women in the game of baseball. CBS Sports actually mentioned how this is a good move because a women would never have made the first female coaching experience in Major League Baseball. I have a problem with that.

I don’t see any significance in this move in terms of progressive roles of women in Major League Baseball. Jennie Finch stepping in as a guest manager for the Bluefish is 110% a promotional move to get people to the ballpark, as many many Minor League and Independent Professional Baseball organizations do throughout the season. That’s not even supposed to be a secret. I don’t see how this promotional move brings us closer to seeing a female coach in the MLB. When teams bring in a celebrity to manage the team for the game as a promotion, are we one step closer to seeing actors retire to jobs in baseball?

I’m not writing here that a women will never play a role with a Major League Baseball team, but I see this as a fun promotion – nothing more.