Cleveland native and lifelong Indians fan Justine Siegal has been a pioneer in finding opportunities for girls and women in baseball. She was the first woman to coach at the college level and the first woman to work as a coach for a professional team (the minor league Brockton Rox). At the 2010 Winter Meetings, she spoke to a number of teams about pitching batting practice at Spring Training. The Cleveland Indians were the first team to take her up on the idea. She recently gave a TED x talk about following dreams. It’s bloody cold in Cleveland this morning, and pitchers and catchers don’t report until next week. If you need an inspiring lift on a cold February Monday, here it is. And it doesn’t hurt that Justine is wearing her Cleveland Indians uniform for the talk.
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