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Pirates Hire Caitlyn Callahan as Development Coach and Make History in the Process

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With not a ton of news during this lockout, the Pirates made some waves Tuesday evening with a coaching staff hire. The Pirates have hired the first-ever in-uniform female coach in their 134+ years of existence. Her name is Caitlyn Callahan and she will serve as a development coach. DK Pittsburgh Sports Pirates beat reporter Alex Stumpf was the first to report the hiring.

Callahan played college softball for both Boston University and St. Mary’s College. Her most recent coaching experience came with the Cincinnati Reds as a minor league video & baseball technology intern. As a little fun note: According to her LinkedIn profile, she also was a server at Hillstone restaurant in Los Angeles while balancing an internship with the Reds.

Callahan joins more than twenty other female coaches currently in Major League Baseball, including Bianca Smith, a minor league coach with the Boston Red Sox, Rachel Balkovec, a hitting coach with the Yankees and Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken.

Will we see even more inclusivity in the still male-dominated sport in the near future? Only time will tell.

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