The independent minor league baseball should given acclaim by women’s interest groups around the country being the premier sports industry niche to give women some degree of equality regarding on-field performance. Not only are there women owners, general managers, and other high-ranking front office executives, the past 2 weeks have offered two stories of interest:
While some may consider these signings to a winter league to be nothing more than promotions designed to increase attendance, they should note that 2009 also had another first for women in professional baseball:
Since these women will always be under tremendous scrutiny, if the specific situation does not work out then the women (and the team) risks being derided. Unfortunately, most people forget that situations “don’t work out” every day with coaches, players, and managers across pro baseball. Here’s hoping that whatever happens that it revives interest in professional baseball and the independent minor leagues in particular.
In addition, here is an interview with Tiffany Brooks: http://busleagues.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/bus-leagues-qa-tiffany-brooks-of-the-arizona-winter-league/
Finally, no blog post on the subject of women in independent baseball would be complete without some reference to Ila Borders. Here are some links of interest regarding her playing career in the independent leagues:
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