SAN FRANCISCO — Alyssa Nakken, who made history as the first woman to coach on the field in a major league game while working at first base for the San Francisco Giants in April 2022, has recently interviewed for the Giants’ managerial position.
Farhan Zaidi, President of Baseball Operations, confirmed on Sunday night that Nakken underwent a first-round interview last week. The Athletic was the first to report Nakken’s interview for the managerial job.
In August, Nakken’s husband, Robert, announced on social media that they are expecting their first child, a girl, on February 9.
Zaidi expressed his desire to appoint a new manager before the start of free agency to replace Gabe Kapler, who was fired just three days before the end of the season. Kapler had a record of 295-248 over three-plus seasons, including a franchise-record 107 wins in 2021 and an NL West title victory over the 106-win Dodgers. However, the Giants failed to make the playoffs in the past two seasons.
After finishing with a record of 79-83 this season following an 81-81 record in 2022, the Giants scored two runs or less in each of their final eight games.
Alyssa Nakken, 33 years old, was a standout softball player at Sacramento State from 2009-2012. She has been a member of the Giants coaching staff since being hired by Kapler in January 2020.
During her time at Sacramento State, Nakken excelled as a first baseman, earning three all-conference honors and being named a four-time Academic All American. In 2015, she completed her master’s degree in sport management from the University of San Francisco after interning with the Giants’ baseball operations department the previous year.
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