MLB criticizes teams over facilities for female employees



San Francisco Giants major league assistant coach Alyssa Nakken juggles baseballs as players warm up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Major League Baseball has told its clubs that some are failing to provide acceptable working accommodations for female employees, calling them “embarrassingly below” standard.

The May 20 memorandum from Michael Hill, MLB’s senior vice president for field operations, asks teams to provide by June 3 documentation of facilities for female coaches and staff at home and in visit. Hill told teams to comply with MLB regulations “as soon as possible.”

The memo was first reported by ESPN and was obtained by The Associated Press.

San Francisco Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken became the first woman hired as an on-field coach for a major league team this year.

Kim Ng became the first female general manager ahead of the 2021 season when she was hired by the Miami Marlins. Several other women are high-level baseball operations personnel and use the areas in and around the clubhouses.

“We have required each club to provide both home and visiting female staff who require access to a dressing room with a clean space that: (i) is close to the respective home or visiting clubhouse ; (ii) is private; and (iii) includes proper restrooms and showers,” Hill wrote. “In the first six weeks of the season, it has become clear that a number of clubs are not complying with these requirements, particularly in relation to bringing women into visiting teams.

“It is unacceptable that women traveling as part of the visiting team are not provided with accommodation that allows them to do their job at the same level as their male colleagues and counterparts. Women’s facilities at many clubs are embarrassingly below the high standards befitting a member of a traveling party visiting from a major league organization. They also create an untenable work environment for women, some of whom now choose not to travel to certain cities with their clubs on the road,” he wrote.

“Clubs that fail to provide appropriate workplace accommodations for staff of any gender violate MLB regulations, directly deny women equal access to participate in our great game. and discourage qualified women from participating in baseball roles traditionally held by men,” he said.

Hill asked teams to submit current facilities and future improvement plans, telling them to include “detailed floor plans, descriptions, photographs.”

“We understand that space constraints at some baseball diamonds may limit clubs’ ability to meet these requirements,” Hill wrote. “However, we expect all clubs to make the necessary sacrifices in order to provide satisfactory facilities for female staff.”


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