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.
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.