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Alyssa Nakken, the first female coach in major league history, set another precedent on Monday night by becoming the first woman serve as a first base coach during an MLB game.

Nakken, 30, worked Monday’s exhibition against the Athletics in Oakland, and although that may not be her role during the upcoming regular season, manger Gabe Kapler was eager to give her that experience.

‘Alyssa did a great job out there at first base today,’ Kapler said. ‘[First-base coach] Antoan [Richardson] stepped up and made sure that Alyssa continued her development as well.’

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Alyssa Nakken, the first female coach in major league history, set another precedent on Monday night by becoming the first woman serve as a first base coach during an MLB game

Nakken, 30, worked Monday's exhibition against the Athletics in Oakland, and although that may not be her role during the upcoming regular season, manger Gabe Kapler was eager to give her that experience

Alyssa Nakken, 30, worked Monday’s exhibition against the Athletics in Oakland, and although that may not be her role during the upcoming regular season, San Francisco Giants manger Gabe Kapler said he was eager to give her that experience 

Nakken was seen wearing a mask during Monday's game, like the rest of the Giants coaches

Nakken was seen wearing a mask during Monday’s game, like the rest of the Giants coaches

As a first base coach on Monday, Nakken was responsible for telling base runners when to go to second and when they should hold at first. She also instructed runners as they took a small lead off the bag, while being careful not to let them get picked off by the opposing pitcher

As a first base coach on Monday, Nakken was responsible for telling base runners when to go to second and when they should hold at first. She also instructed runners as they took a small lead off the bag, while being careful not to let them get picked off by the opposing pitcher

Nakken, who wore a mask like the rest of the coaching staff, did not speak to the media afterwards.

The former college softball player at Sacramento State joined the Giants in 2014 as an intern in the baseball operations department and recently directed the organization’s health and wellness initiatives.

In February, she described what it was like to be promoted to a coaching position.

‘I feel a great sense of responsibility,’ Nakken said, as quoted on the Giants’ website. ‘Coaching, I never saw it. This job has kind of been hidden for so long. I’m so excited to be in this role for the challenge and the opportunity to make an impact for this organization that I love. But also, I’m excited that now girls can see there is a job on the field in baseball. It’s really cool.’ 

Nakken was a former college softball player at Sacramento State before joining the Giants in 2014 as an intern in the baseball operations department. She recently directed the organization's health and wellness initiatives

Nakken was a former college softball player at Sacramento State before joining the Giants in 2014 as an intern in the baseball operations department. She recently directed the organization’s health and wellness initiatives

In February, Kepler told the Sacramento Bee that Nakken will work with players on their base running and throw batting practice.

‘(Nakken) is the best choice for this job, period,’ Kapler told the Bee. ‘She has experience as an elite athlete. She’s been with the Giants organization. She was successful leading initiatives with the Giants. She was a perfect fit.’

The response to Nakken’s presence was overwhelmingly positive on social media.

Giants right fielder Hunter Pence congratulated her on Twitter for ‘making history.’

‘Daily reminder that women always have and always will belong in sports,’ wrote Rachel Bevelaqua, a hockey reporter at the Amherst Wire, the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s student-run web magazine. ‘Congratulations to Alyssa Nakken for breaking the mlb barrier.’

And when one person complained on Twitter that he was as qualified to be first base coach as Nakken, journalist Steven Rissotto quickly responded with her resume.

Giants right fielder Hunter Pence congratulated Nakken on Monday after the game

Giants right fielder Hunter Pence congratulated Nakken on Monday after the game 

‘Alyssa Nakken was a three-sport athlete in high school,’ Rissotto began. ‘She was an All-Pacific Coast softball player all four years in college.

‘She’s been in the organization for six years.

‘She’s qualified.’

Nakken wasn’t the only member of the Giants coaching staff to make history on Monday night.

Before the game, Kapler became the first major league manager to kneel in protest of racism during the national anthem.

He was joined by several other players and coaches, but Nakken chose to stand for the anthem.

‘Alyssa Nakken has more balls than some of the @SFGiants players,’ wrote former Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff.

Huff, an outspoken conservative, has been critical of athletes peacefully demonstrating during the national anthem.

Nakken wasn't the only member of the Giants coaching staff to make history on Monday night. Before the game, Kapler became the first major league manager to kneel in protest of racism during the national anthem. He was joined by several other players and coaches, but Nakken chose to stand for the anthem. 'Alyssa Nakken has more balls than some of the @SFGiants players,' wrote former Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff. Huff, an outspoken conservative, has been critical of athletes peacefully demonstrating during the national anthem

Nakken wasn’t the only member of the Giants coaching staff to make history on Monday night. Before the game, Kapler became the first major league manager to kneel in protest of racism during the national anthem. He was joined by several other players and coaches, but Nakken chose to stand for the anthem. ‘Alyssa Nakken has more balls than some of the @SFGiants players,’ wrote former Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff. Huff, an outspoken conservative, has been critical of athletes peacefully demonstrating during the national anthem

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