GOODYEAR, Arizona – Justine Siegal became the first woman to
pitch batting practice in a major league spring training camp when
she threw to the Cleveland Indians.
Siegal, a Cleveland native, wore a patch honoring Christina
Taylor, the nine-year-old granddaughter of former major league
manager Dallas Green, who was killed in last month’s shootings in
Siegal, 36, was the first woman to coach first base in men’s
professional baseball for the Brockton (Mass.) Rox, an independent
league team, in 2009. She spent three years as the only female
college baseball coach in the country, when she was an assistant
coach at Springfield College (Mass.) from 2007-10.
Siegal, who throws right-handed, is scheduled to throw batting
practice in the Oakland Athletics camp later this week.