50 women 'Take the Field' at MLB Vegas event – MLB.com

Though Major League teams have made significant progress over the past couple of decades to infuse women into their front office operations, there are still many roles in the industry that remain exclusively for men — especially the jobs that are performed on or near the playing field.

Major League Baseball is taking a strong stance in altering those trends.

Though Major League teams have made significant progress over the past couple of decades to infuse women into their front office operations, there are still many roles in the industry that remain exclusively for men — especially the jobs that are performed on or near the playing field.

Major League Baseball is taking a strong stance in altering those trends.

This goes beyond sending a strongly worded memo to teams imploring them to widen their hiring practices. MLB has been proactive not only in encouraging more inclusion, but it’s also offering real, hands-on assistance to young, skilled women seeking employment in coaching, scouting, training and umpiring.

“We have to look at what platforms we are giving to give more women exposure to decision-makers in our game, and close whatever the perceived gaps are, to make sure they are competitive,” said Renee Tirado, MLB’s chief diversity and inclusion officer. “And we need ensure they are actually getting opportunities to work in our game, at some capacity — at a minimum, to get them into the pipeline, to get exposure.”

That’s the gist of the “Take the Field” event taking place in Las Vegas this weekend, in advance of the Winter Meetings that begin on Monday. Friday marked the opening of the two-day event, designed for 50 pre-selected women who are pursuing careers in areas traditionally dominated by men.

This isn’t a garden-variety convention, where participants listen to a couple

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