The good news? Former Olympic softball player Jennie Finch is about to become the first woman to manage a pro baseball team. The bad news? Her reign will be short-lived: She’s only managing the Bridgeport, Connecticut, Bluefish for one day.
On Sunday, Finch will guest manage the minor league team, throw the ceremonial first pitch of the game and attend a pre-game meet-and-greet with fans, according to CBS Sports.
“We are really excited to have Jennie come out and manage the team,” Bluefish general manager Jamie Toole said in a statement. “She is an incredible athlete and a wonderful person, and we hope our fans will enjoy seeing her in a Bluefish uniform for the day.”
Apparently, he’s not excited enough to hire Finch permanently, though…
Other women have less fleetingly broken into the world of coaching and managing professional sports, such as Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon and Buffalo Bills quality control-special teams coach Kathryn Smith.
While it’s great to see Finch make headlines—three cheers for progress!—let’s see some more women move into more male-dominated sports, for more than a day!
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