Kelsie Whitmore Becomes the First Woman to Start in an Atlantic League Game

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Kelsie Whitmore Becomes the First Woman to Start in an Atlantic League Game

Baseball Is Fun

We’ve got some history to celebrate today, as a major baseball milestone arrived this weekend.

Kelsie Whitmore, who was one of the first women to ever play modern pro baseball in the United States, has now started a game in the Atlantic League:

The Atlantic League does not host Minor League affiliates, but it does have an official relationship with Major League Baseball as a testing league for rules, and it is generally considered among the best independent leagues as far as talent goes. Players are routinely signed into affiliated ball out of the Atlantic League. The competition level is legit.

Although Whitmore did not register a hit in her start, she did get hit by a pitch, so that OBP reached a solid .333! Maybe not a long-term strategy for reaching base, but it’s a start. I love to see this, and I love seeing that younger girls will grow up knowing that, whether it’s softball or baseball, playing this game is achievable.

As for Whitmore, 23, this is hopefully just the start of a long pro career. It’s only a matter of time before a woman plays in affiliated minor league baseball, and maybe it will wind up being her.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.