San Francisco — Alyssa Nakken, who became the first woman to be an on-field coach in a Major League game when she worked first base for San Francisco in April 2022, interviewed for the managerial vacancy the Giants.
President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed Sunday night that Nakken had undergone a first-round interview last week. The Athletic first reported that Nakken had interviewed for the position.
Her husband, Robert, announced in August on social media that the coach is expecting the couple’s first child, a girl, on February 9.
Zaidi has said he hopes to find a new manager at the start of free agency to replace Gabe Kapler, who was fired with three days left in the season. He went 295-248 over three-plus seasons, with the Giants winning a franchise-record 107 games and edging the 106-win Dodgers for the NL West title in 2021 before missing the playoffs. in the last two seasons.
The Giants finished 79-83 this season after going 81-81 in 2022. They were held to two runs or fewer in each of their last eight games.
Nakken, 33, a softball star at Sacramento State from 2009 to 2012, has been a coach on the Giants’ staff since Kapler hired her in January 2020.
At Sacramento State, Nakken was a three-time all-conference player at first base and a four-time All American. He earned a master’s degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco in 2015 after interning in the Giants’ baseball operations department a year earlier.