Cleveland native Justine Siegal will become the first woman to throw batting practice to a Major League team when she throws to the Cleveland Indians (Feb 21) and the Oakland A's (Feb 23) during spring training. In honor of Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year old killed in Tucson, AZ, who was the only girl on her Little League baseball team, Siegal will wear Christina's Little League's memorial patch while throwing BP.
A veteran at throwing batting practice, Siegal is the first woman to coach first base in men's professional baseball (Brockton Rox, 2009). She spent three years as the only female college baseball coach in the country (Assistant Coach, Springfield College, 2007-10). As the Founder and Executive Director of Baseball For All, Siegal is dedicated to providing opportunities for girls and women to get involved in the game of baseball.
Siegal shares her objective behind the MLB BP throwing, "I want to show that baseball is a game for all and that both boys and girls love this game. My throwing BP is proof that dreams really can come true."
Siegal will start her historic BP journey with the Tribe, where she will first throw to early camp minor leaguers with the potential to throw to some of the major league players later in the day. Excited for this opportunity, Siegal shares, "I grew up wanting to be a Cleveland Indian. This is a dream come true."
Come Feb. 23rd, Siegal will continue her dream of being in professional baseball and throw BP to the Oakland Athletics.
To prepare to throw to the A's and the Indians, Siegal has been throwing to various colleges, including Northeastern University, UMASS Amherst, American International College, and Springfield College. Siegal has also been strengthening her arm with personal trainer Mike Zolkiewicz, former Braves intern and current Highland Games world record holder. Siegal would like to continue throwing BP to other MLB teams. Off the field, Siegal is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Springfield College (MA) and the mother of Jasmine, her 13-year old daughter.