The A’s have hired Justine Siegal for a temporary coaching job with their Instructional League team this fall. Back in 2011, she threw batting practice for the A’s (a first for a woman), and she’s stayed in touch with GM Billy Beane since then. Her networking efforts are maybe paying off. This month, she gets a chance — a 2-week stint — to apply her skills and training in a bigger setting.
According to the Mercury News, this is not a try out for a permanent position and future opportunities for her with the A’s depend entirely on something opening up that works for Siegal and the team. Still, it’s a chance, and it appears that the A’s are doing this because they like her — as opposed to just as a PR stunt. Assistant GM David Forst says she’s “more than qualified” for the job. She’ll spend her time in Arizona in player development: participating in on-field drills and classroom exercises.
Previously, Siegal served as 1B Coach for an independent team, the Brockton Rox, and as the picture shows, she has her mean manager mug down pat. Additionally, she has a PhD in sport and exercise psychology…so maybe the Nats should give her a call. She’s looking for a full-time coaching gig. To paraphrase Siegal, she just needs a Branch Rickey to make her a Lady Gene Lamont.
(hat tip to badhair40 for the heads up)