GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Cleveland native Justine Siegal will fulfill a lifelong dream when she steps on a mound at the Indians' player development complex on Monday. Siegal will become the first woman to throw batting practive to a Major League team.
"I grew up wanting to be a Cleveland Indian. This is a dream come true," Siegal wrote on her MLBlog. "I want to show that baseball is a game for all and that both boys and girls love this game. My throwing BP is proof that dreams really can come true."
Siegal approached Indians general manager Chris Antonetti at the Winter Meetings to discuss the possibility of throwing batting practice to his club. It will become a reality on Monday morning, when she will face Minor League hitters with the chance to throw to some big league players as well.
Following her trip to Goodyear, Ariz., Siegal will head to Phoenix to throw batting practice against the Oakland A's on Feb. 23. During both BP sessions, Siegal will honor the memory of Christina Talyor Green -- the 9-year-old killed during January's shooting in Tucson, Ariz. -- by wearing Green's Little League memorial patch.
Siegal was the first woman to coach men's professional baseball, serving as a first-base coach for the Brockton Rox in 2009. She has spent three years as the only woman college baseball coach in the United States, working as an assistant coach for Springfield College from 2007-10. Siegal is the founder and director of Baseball For All.