Woodland’s Alyssa Nakken interviews for SF Giants managerial opening

Oct 17, 2023, 8:59 AM | Updated: 9:00 am

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Alyssa Nakken coaches first base for the San Francisco Giants...

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Alyssa Nakken continues to make history.

According to The Athletic‘s Andrew Baggarly, the San Francisco Giants have interviewed Nakken for their manager vacancy, likely making the Woodland native the first woman to be an official candidate for a Major League Baseball managerial opening.

Nakken, 33, has worked in the Giants’ organization since 2014 and has been an assistant coach on San Francisco’s coaching staff since the start of the 2020 season.

About SF Giants’ managerial candidate Alyssa Nakken

Being on the diamond is more than a job for Nakken, who has spent much of her life between the chalk lines.

Growing up in Woodland, just 15 miles northwest of Sacramento, Nakken was a standout softball player at Woodland High School while also playing volleyball and basketball.

Nakken attended California State University, Sacramento, and was named to the All-Pacific Coast Conference team all four years (2009-12) while playing first base.

During her time in a Hornets uniform, Nakken batted .304 and was also named as the conference’s 2012 Scholar Athlete of the Year.

After graduating from Sacramento State with a degree in physiology, Nakken joined the Giants as a baseball operations intern during the 2014 season and has been with the organization ever since.

Following her fourth season as a full-time member of the coaching staff in 2023, Nakken has put her name in the running for San Francisco’s managerial opening as the Giants look to replace former skipper Gabe Kapler, who was fired on September 30th.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, current Giants third base coach Mark Hallberg is believed to be the in-house favorite for the position, while bench coach and interim manager Kai Correa has also interviewed for the role.

MLB Offseason Schedule

  • Five days after the World Series ends – MLB free agency begins
  • Five days after the World Series ends – Player and team options must be exercised or declined
  • November 17th – Non-tender deadline
  • December 6th – Rule 5 Draft
  • Mid-February – Spring Training begins

SF Giants Schedule

  • February 13-15th – Pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training workouts
  • February TBD – Full squad workouts
  • Saturday, February 24th – Spring Training opener vs. Chicago Cubs

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