Ronald Bloom, baseball writer
NEW YORK (Associated Press) — Major League Baseball has told its clubs that some are failing to provide acceptable workplaces for female employees, calling them “embarrassingly substandard.”
The May 20 memo from Michael Hill, MLB’s senior vice president of field operations, requires teams to submit documentation by June 3 for facilities for female coaches and visiting staff. Hill told teams to comply with MLB regulations “as soon as possible.”
The memo was first published by ESPN and obtained by the Associated Press.
This year, San Francisco Giants assistant coach Alyssa Naken became the first woman to be appointed as a field coach for major league teams.
Kim Ng became the first GM prior to the 2021 season when she was appointed by the Miami Marlins. Many other women are part of a high-level baseball operations team and use areas in and around clubs.
“We have required each club to provide both in-house or visiting female employees requiring access to a locker room with a clean space that is: (i) in close proximity to the home or visiting club; (ii) private; and ( 3) Includes proper restrooms and showers.” “During the first six weeks of the season, it became clear that a number of clubs were not complying with these requirements, especially with regard to hosting women in visiting teams.
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“Clubs that do not provide suitable workplaces for individuals regardless of gender violate MLB regulations, directly deny women equal access to participate in our wonderful game, and discourage qualified women from participating in baseball roles traditionally occupied by men,” he said.
Hill asked the teams to submit current facilities and future plans for improvement, telling them to include “detailed floor plans, descriptions, and photographs.”
“We understand that space constraints in some stadiums may limit clubs’ ability to comply with these requirements. However, we expect all clubs to make the necessary sacrifices in order to provide satisfactory facilities to female staff,” Hill wrote.
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