Marlins Make History With Two First Time Female Hires

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For the first time in Marlins history, two women will be working full-time baseball operations and field staff positions.

Alexandria Rigoli, 22, is a pro scouting assistant and is the first woman to work in baseball operations for the Marlins (not including executive assistant positions).

Rigoli, a previous baseball intern for the New York Mets and former college softball athlete, is responsible for tracking the 40-man rosters for baseball’s other 29 teams.

There are 1,160 players at a time including regular changes.

Still, Rigoli successfully prepares the Marlins for when other clubs have roster-management issues and when a player who Miami may be interested in becomes available.

Melissa Hampton, 26, a former Gulf Coast League Marlins intern, is a GCL athletic trainer and the first full-time female employee to work on the field for the Marlins.

Major League Baseball, historically and currently male-dominated is now making a conscientious effort to increase the hiring of qualified women with its Front Office Staff Diversity Pipeline Program.

According to league statistics, there are 90 women currently working in baseball operation departments across the country and 17 women working in on-field roles, Hampton is one of less than ten minor league athletic trainers out of 232 teams.

The Marlins told the sun-sentinel they believe to have the two people who are best for the job.

Click here to meet the two women who made Marlin history. 

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