Major League Baseball made a historic hire on Thursday, according to MLB.com Brewers beat reporter Adam McCalvy. The Brewers have hired Sara Goodrum to be their new Minor League hitting coordinator.
Goodrum becomes the first woman in baseball history to serve in any organization as a Minor League hitting coordinator.
McCalvy points out that the official title for Goodrum is Coordinator – Hitting Development Initiatives.
Goodrum played Division I college softball at Oregon. She studied and got her Master’s in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Utah.
The past four years, she’s been working with the Brewers in their sports science lab, and now will move on to being the team’s minor league hitting coordinator.
“We’ve seen it work for almost four years with Sara in our organization, working very closely with our players and our coaches,” Brewers President of Baseball Ops David Stearns said on Goodrum via McCalvy.
“I think we’ve seen that because of her talent and her skill set, she is trusted and respected.”
Goodrum joins a number of other women who have broken barriers in Major League Baseball.
Kim Ng was hired by the Miami Marlins to be the first woman and first Asian American to serve as general manager of an MLB team in 2020.
Rachel Balkovec was hired by the Yankees in 2019 to be a full-time hitting coach for a Major League Baseball team.
In 2020, Alyssa Nakken was the first full-time female coach in Major League Baseball history. She also was the first to coach on the field during an MLB game.