Kelsie Whitmore makes Atlantic League debut as a pinch runner

CHARLESTON, WV — Kelsie Whitmore ran for the Staten Island FerryHawks in their season opener Thursday night, becoming one of the first women to play in a Major League Baseball-related league.

Whitmore, 23, came in at first base for receiver Norberto Susini with two outs in the ninth inning of a 5-3 loss to the Charleston Dirty Birds. She got stuck at second base.

A former college softball player at Cal-State Fullerton, Whitmore signed with Staten Island this month, one of many defining moments for women in baseball this season.

Last week, San Francisco Giants coach Alyssa Nakken took over as first baseman, becoming the first woman to coach on the field for a major league game. Days prior, Rachel Balkovec won her debut as manager of the Low-A Tampa Tarpons in the New York Yankees system, becoming the first woman to lead a team affiliated with a major league club.

Whitmore pitched and played in the outfield for the United States women’s baseball team from 2014 to 2019 and spent part of two seasons with the Sonoma Stompers of the independent Pacific Association.

New York Post

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