A new wave of female coaches has emerged in Major League baseball this offseason, with the addition of former Yankees and Yankees/Blue Jays bench coach and former Astros and Blue Jays bench boss Kelly Johnson to the coaching ranks.
This comes just days after former Twins manager Brad Ausmus was elevated to a role as a player development assistant, joining former Twins general manager Jerry Dipoto as a head coach.
It also comes just weeks after former Mets and Blue Jay manager Jeff Wilpon became the third woman to manage in Major Leagues in recent memory, joining the Astros and Angels.
While women’s baseball teams remain largely a male-dominated sport, the hiring of women to coach in Major Sports continues to be an area of concern in many parts of the country, particularly with regard to the health and safety of female athletes.
Female athletes have been repeatedly diagnosed with an increase in the risk of contracting meningococcal disease (MSD), an infection that can lead to serious complications including cancer.
In 2016, the American College of Sports Medicine issued a study that revealed that while men’s baseball players had higher risk of developing MSD, women’s teams were significantly less likely to be at risk.
Women’s baseball has also been targeted for increased scrutiny in recent years due to the prevalence of domestic violence, and the league’s lack of player safety policies.
In 2017, the NFL and MLB released a joint statement stating that “it is important for all of us to acknowledge that female athletes have unique health concerns, and that it is the responsibility of our sports leagues and players to address these issues and provide the safest environments for our athletes and fans.”
Despite this, many people still have questions about the validity of these policies.
What if a female athlete is diagnosed with MSD and cannot return to the field?
Is it fair to blame a female player for an incident like the one involving Johnson, which resulted in the death of a teammate?
How does a female coach who has been in the game for over a decade and has no prior professional experience compare to a male coach who was hired as a bench coach in the middle of the season?
These are all questions that continue to be addressed by women’s sports teams across the country.
Kelly Johnson was a veteran bench coach who coached at both the University of Arizona and the University-Oregon.
In her time in the minors, she played in 15 games for the Ducks and won the NCAA Division III Division III Coach of the Year award in 2008.
Johnson went on to coach at the University.
In 2013, she was named to the Women’s College World Series All-America team, and she is currently an assistant coach at Auburn University.
A graduate of the University, she also served as an assistant baseball coach at LSU and spent two years coaching the Tigers’ men’s college baseball team.
She is currently a student at LSU.
Johnson played college ball at Washington State University.
Her father is a professional baseball player who played professionally in the Texas Rangers organization.
Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University and a Bachelor’s of Science in business administration from Auburn University, both from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Follow Kelly on Twitter @KellyJJohnsonNBA.
#TheWomensMiscares #WomenInSports A photo posted by Kelly Johnson (@kellyshortman) on Nov 29, 2018 at 8:37am PST #MLB and Women in Sports The MLB, MLBW, and MLB Network have all come under fire recently for their gender gaps in hiring and coaching staffs.
While the current MLB executive team did not respond to a request for comment, it is widely known that the league does not have a clear gender gap in the coaching and scouting ranks.
However, women still have a long way to go in achieving parity in these areas.
Women play in the majors in part because of the number of female players, and they are paid far less than men in the same position.
In the majors, only 13% of players on the field were women in 2016.
In MLB, the number is closer to 40%.
As of June, the MLB Players Association had a reported record of less than 200,000 active players, according to the National Women’s Soccer League.
Additionally, the National Basketball Association (NBA) reported a total of only 2,600 female coaches for its rosters in 2018, compared to 8,000 men.
There is a significant lack of diversity in the scouting department, with only 8% of the players in the 2017-18 draft class being women, according the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
In addition, many of the scouts and assistants on the scouting staffs are men.
In 2018, women made up just under 50% of all assistant coaches and assistant coaches in the major leagues.
According to MLB, in 2016, there were approximately 11,600 men and 7,600 women on the scouts/assistants list.
The average age of these men and