Double Play: Baseball Digest Features Women in Uniform on May-June Cover


For the first time in the 79-year history of Baseball Digest (1942-2020), a woman in a major-league uniform will appear on its cover. The iconic publication’s May-June 2020 issue likely also marks the first time a woman in Baseball has been pictured in a major-league uniform on the cover of any nationally-distributed magazine.

And, actually, it’s two women—Alyssa Nakken (San Francisco Giants) and Rachel Balkovec (New York Yankees)—both of whom earned coaching positions with their respective organizations this year. Nakken was named to Manager Gabe Kapler’s major-league coaching staff with the Giants while Balkovec will serve as the hitting instructor for the Yankees’ Class-A affiliate in Tampa, Florida.

“This is an historic moment, certainly for Baseball Digest, but also for Major League Baseball,” said Editor-in-Chief Rick Cerrone. “It is a celebration of the accomplishments of these two women as well as the others who have also earned the opportunities to bring their knowledge and skills to roles that had always been filled by men.”

Baseball Digest has published more than 800 issues since its debut in August, 1942. The May-June 2020 issue—featuring Alyssa Nakken and Rachel Balkovec on the cover—goes on sale May 5.


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