ATB Network’s MLB Top Ten Prospects: Opening Day 2022

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Welcome to the first installment of ATB Network’s top 10 MLB prospects. It is the opening week of 2022 and there are a LOT of good rookies. Luke, Sanket, and Tayyib break down their top ten. The order is based on the average spot on all three lists. Let’s dive into all the future stars of the MLB:

Top 10 Prospects in MLB for 2022

1) Bobby Witt Jr. 3B

Luke – He is just that guy. It’s simple as that. Bobby Witt Jr. is going to be great. He has all the tools at third. He is a high-level fielder already and his speed makes him a threat on the base pads. Not only is he a good contact hitter, but he knows how to hit for power, too.

Sanket – Hits for power and average, and has a really good arm. Will play third base most likely for the Royals. I believe he’s got the best chance of any prospect at becoming the top player in MLB.

Tayyib – The definition of a five-tool player. Athletic in the field and blazing bat speed make him the most exciting rookie in the game.

Votes: All number 1

2) Adley Rutchsman C

Luke – Adley Rutchsman has been talked about for what feels like forever. His defense behind the plate is spectacular. Great arm and pop time, and looks like a seasoned veteran behind the plate. A top-tier catching prospect is rare.

Sanket – Drafted right ahead of Witt in 2019, Adley has great catching ability and will probably be the best offensive catcher in the game when he reaches his peak.

Tayyib – Rutchsman’s athletic build, whippy throwing arm, and pitch framing IQ make him the best catching prospect in baseball — and by a pretty good margin.

Votes: Luke (3), Sanket (2), Tayyib (3)

3) Julio Rodriguez OF

Luke – Julio Rodriguez is probably the most fun of all the top 10 MLB prospects. He is a physical beast, but his mind is just as sharp. You will never see Rodriguez take a bad line to the ball.

Sanket -He’ll become the face of the franchise in a few years and has really good offensive game. A guy who can run as well, I think Julio will end up becoming like a right-handed Bryce Harper. 

Tayyib – Rodriguez has the physical tools to marshall the outfield in the majors for a long time. Add good plate discipline and all-field power, Rodriguez is one to watch.

Votes: Luke (2) Sanket (3) Tayyib (4)

4) Spencer Torkelson 1B/3B

Luke – The power-hitting first baseman is going to make some waves. He’s not as well-rounded as the others on this list, and he’s not a Gold Glove first baseman.

Sanket – Tremendous power and the heir to Miguel Cabrera. Okay defender at first, but his raw power is where he’ll make his money in the majors. 

Tayyib – An all-around hitter with plus power. Spencer Torkelson is the first baseman of the future in Detroit.

Votes: Luke (4) Sanket (3) Tayyib (2)

5) Riley Greene OF

Luke – CONSISTENT. That’s what Riley Greene needs to be. The Tigers need him to be consistent. He has all tools, but has struggled to put it all together.

Sanket – Detroit has two of the top 5 prospects in MLB as they try and win now. Greene has improved upon his power game a lot and will be a consistent threat behind Torkelson for the Tigers. 

Tayyib –  The outfielder hits for power and placement. A consistent swing and smart pitch recognition are Greene’s best tools.

Votes: all 5th

6) Grayson Rodriguez RHP

Luke – Velocity and control are not a problem, the problem for Grayson Rodriguez is that the O’s are playing the service time game. The kid would probably be starter #4 for the O’s this year, but it looks like they keep him down to start the year.

Sanket – The Orioles have terrible pitching, but luckily for them, Rodriguez is on the doorsteps of the major. A really good fastball combined with a great change-up gives Rodriguez the potential to become an ace for Baltimore.

Tayyib – Four-pitch repertoire features a fastball that hits 100mph. The Orioles prospect is a flame thrower with deceptive secondary pitches.

Votes: Luke and Sanket (6) Tayyib (7)

7) Anthony Volpe SS

Luke – The only reason Anthony Volpe isn’t a top 3 MLB prospect is that he has yet to face AA pitching. Volpe is a 5-tool player. He’s great at everything and is the reason the Yankees didn’t sign a top-tier shortstop. When you are the reason the Yankees don’t feel the need to spend money, you gotta be good.

Sanket – The Yankees are throwing all their chips in for Volpe. He’s the future for them at shortstop, and even though he’s only in AA, he’s already displayed some raw power and hitting prowess. Can he keep it up though?

Tayyib – The Yankees chose not to sign a long-term shortstop because of Volpe. The fleet-footed base runner boasts a fabulous feel for the game and is a threat on the pads.

Votes: Luke (7) Sanket (8) Tayyib (6)

8) Gabriel Moreno C

Luke – I have Gabriel Moreno at this spot mostly because of the value of a good catching prospect. Don’t get me wrong, I think he will be good, but I like players like CJ Abrams more. Positional value gives Moreno the boost.

Sanket – Toronto has a couple of good catchers in their system in Alejandro Kirk and Moreno. Moreno is a solid player with good hitting and good defense, and is terrific at throwing out runners. 

Tayyib – The Venezuelan catcher’s compact swing and good instincts should translate well into the big leagues. A patient hitter, Moreno minimizes strikes and grinds at-bats.

Votes: Luke (9) Sanket (7) Tayyib (8)

9) CJ Abrams SS

Luke – CJ Abrams is already better in the field than Fernando Tatis. He is the shortstop of the future in San Diego, and the Tatis injury could allow him to solidify that spot. He is fast and hits with precision.

Sanket – An absolute speed demon on the bases, Abrams will become the Padres shortstop once he gets to the majors, and Tatis will move to the outfield. Also a plus hitter, Abrams ceiling is a 20-20 guy.

Tayyib – Not ranked

Votes: Luke (8) Sanket (9) Tayyib (N/A)

10) Shane Baz SP

Luke – Shane Baz is going to be very good and is just going to make the Rays look even smarter for the Chris Archer trade. Baz could allow them to move on from Glasnow if they want to save money.

Sanket – Not ranked

Tayyib – Shane Baz’s fastball is elite. The young pitcher has the sweet spot of high speed and movement on his heater. It will become one of the best pitches in baseball.

Votes: Luke (10), Sanket (N/A), Tayyib (10)

That’s the end of our first rundown of the top 10 MLB prospects. Be sure to check back with us for more great MLB content throughout the season!

MLB 2022 Season Preview: AL Central Divisional Breakdown

Baseball is back
! A frosty, tense, and acrimonious lockout thankfully ended last week, and Spring Training is well underway. Pre-season games start on March 17th, with Opening Day scheduled for April 7th. Subsequently, it is the perfect time to look forward, not back, and preview the new campaign — focusing on the AL Central.

The AL Central could get hectic this season. The Central has featured some miserable baseball over the last few years. However, Spring Training has provided fans with glimpses that the green shoots of recovery are springing. Last year, the Chicago White Sox ran away with the title, but they should see some fierce competition as their rivals look stronger.

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2022 AL Central Preview

Chicago White Sox

2021 record: 93-69, AL Central winners

Our AL Central preview begins in Chicago. The Chicago White Sox enjoyed a superb 2021 season as they romped to the AL Central title. The veteran management of Tony La Russa, coupled with a top-ten pitching rotation and powerful hitting, propelled the ChiSox to the playoffs. Ultimately, the Sox’s season ended at the hands of the Houston Astros. Nonetheless, the South Siders start 2022 as the runaway favorites to repeat as AL Central winners.

Biggest off-season move: Leury Garcia

Keeping a franchise cornerstone on the roster is a good sign for the White Sox. White Sox stalwart Leury Garcia re-signed with the franchise in the off-season, as he inked a three-year deal worth $16.5 million. Garcia’s utility ability and pop off the bat are essential parts of the Sox’s everyday roster.

Player to watch: Gavin Sheets

One of the touted prospects from the White Sox pipeline, Gavin Sheets, broke through in 2021. The powerful, versatile player hopes to build off of an impressive rookie campaign. Sheets can play in the infield, outfield, and possibly as DH in inter-league games. Sheets is getting plenty of looks in Spring Training games, and he could start on the White Sox’s Opening Day roster.

Season projection: AL Central winners

The White Sox are too talented, too deep, and too experienced not to win the AL Central. Their pitching rotation and bullpen are the best in the division, and they can hit for power and placement. With La Russa’s veteran experience, this is a team ready for the 162-game marathon.

Cleveland Guardians

2021 record: 80-82

The Cleveland Guardians finished second in the AL Central last year. Overall, it was a solid, if unspectacular, season from a club long removed from the halcyon days of playing in the World Series. The Guardians are a milquetoast organization, and 2021 was the ultimate example.

Biggest off-season move: Not trading Shane Bieber

Shane Bieber is one of the top pitchers in the game. The former Cy Young Award recipient is still on the Guardians’ roster. Whether he ends the season as a Guardian is another matter. Bieber could be one of the big names on the trade block near the deadline. The experienced arm will continue to deal and give the Guardians a chance until then.

Player to watch: Gabriel Arias

Ranked as the third-best prospect in the Guardians’ pipeline, Gabriel Arias will make headlines in 2022. The infielder hit .571 during his Spring Training at-bats. The Guardians sent him to minor league camp on Monday. Nevertheless, Arias will get called up at some point. The talented hitter with solid fielding skills is another young prospect in the AL Central.

Season projection: Bringing up the rear

The Guardians are in complete tear-down mode. Add that with their AL Central rivals getting stronger, and it will be a long 162 games for the club.

Detroit Tigers

2021 record: 77-85

The Detroit Tigers emerged from their hibernation in 2021, as AJ Hinch’s first season as manager went well. The Tigers finished third in the AL Central, as the first positive signs of their rebuild bore fruit. 2022 is an even bigger year for the Motor City Kitties. Exciting prospects, significant free-agent acquisitions, and an experienced manager could kick-start a new era of Tigers baseball.

Biggest off-season move: Signing Javy Baez

The Tigers needed a shortstop; GM Al Avila bagged a shortstop. The enigmatic Javy Baez inked a six-year deal worth $160 million. The former two-time All-Star has one Gold Glove and a World Series ring on his trophy mantle. Baez’s signing ushered a new stage in the Tigers’ long-term plan. Signing Baez suggests that the Tigers are now willing to splash the cash to improve the team and compete. All eyes in Detroit are on Baez this season.

Player to watch: Spencer Torkelson

Former first-overall pick Spencer Torkelson is the most exciting prospect in the AL Central. Torkelson enjoyed a glittering, record-breaking college career before the Tigers drafted him. Due to the Covid-hit Minor League program, Torkelson got on the fast track to the big leagues.

The powerful infielder is slotted to play first base, and his batting ability could quickly elevate him into a rookie phenom status. Future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera gave Torkelson the seal of approval during Spring Training. That sums up how the Tigers view Torkelson.

Season projection: Above .500

The Tigers now need to tack on a winning season to prove that Al Avila’s plan works. The Tigers have a glut of talented youngsters, a core of solid veterans, and some exciting new faces. It’s been a long time coming, but it finally looks like the Tigers are back on the prowl.

Kansas City Royals

2021 record: 74-88

Like the Tigers, the Kansas City Royals enjoyed a decent 2021 season. The Royals displayed a similar trajectory to their rebuilding bedfellows, as they hit the 70-win mark for the first time in several years. With a group of talented prospects in the pipeline and some experienced everyday players, the Royals could shake things up in the AL Central.

Biggest off-season move: Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke is home. The veteran former Cy Young Award winner is back where it all started. While Greinke isn’t the pitcher of ten years ago, his veteran moxie and know-how bagged him 11 wins last season. The Royals handed Greinke a one-year deal worth $13 million. He will take the mound on Opening Day, and the Royals will desperately want Greinke to maintain his skillful approach. Greinke had solid whiff percentages on off-speed pitches, which will be crucial to success in Kansas City.

Player to watch: Bobby Witt Jr

Bobby Witt Jr is the number one ranked prospect in baseball. The shortstop is the classic five-tool player, and he will surely break out in 2022. Witt’s outstanding athleticism and blazing bat speed are the headline-stealing traits. The AL Central may not have seen an exceptional talent emerge like this in several years.

Season projection: Above .500

The Royals’ ETA is eerily similar to the Tigers’. Therefore, the Royals must have a winning season. They possess a blend of exciting youngsters and veterans, and the Royals could enjoy a sneakily good season.

Minnesota Twins

2021 record: 73-89

Our AL Central preview ends in Minnesota. The Minnesota Twins propped up the AL Central last year, and they’ve made aggressive moves to change course in 2022. The Twins’ new-look batting lineup should bring about some Purple Rain this season, and the fans are expecting a significant bounce-back.

Biggest off-season move: Signing Carlos Correa

The big blockbuster deal of the off-season was Carlos Correa signing with the Twins. The superstar shortstop signed a three-year deal worth $105.3 million. It was an eye-watering contract, but Correa’s CV deserved a big payday. Correa is a serial winner; a threat at the plate and in the field. He is arguably the best player in the AL Central.

Player to watch: Gary Sanchez

Gary Sanchez was part of the package sent to Minnesota when the New York Yankees traded for Josh Donaldson. Sanchez was a part of the Baby Bombers when the Yankees reached the ALCS in 2017. Sanchez smashed 33 home runs that season.

Sadly, it was the highlight year as sub-par batting performances, doubts about his defense, and criticism surrounding his physique overwhelmed Sanchez. A clean start in a friendlier market could help Sanchez kick-start his career. It’s a make-or-break year.

Season Projection: Playoff contenders

The Twins got better this off-season. A lot better. Their batting lineup now boasts plenty of power, they’ve got solid fielders, and their pitching rotation features some star names. “If” is a big word in sport, but they will be right in the mix if the Twins clubhouse gels.

MLB 2022 Season Preview: AL East Divisional Breakdown

Baseball is back! A frosty, tense, and acrimonious lockout thankfully ended last week, and Spring Training is well underway. Pre-season games start on March 17th, with Opening Day scheduled for April 7th. Subsequently, it is the perfect time to look forward, not back, and preview the new campaign — starting with the AL East.

The division features four teams potentially good enough to win the division, possibly good enough to represent the AL in the World Series. Last season, the chase for the final playoff place went down to the wire; with more playoff spots up for grabs, the competition in the east promises to be incredibly close.

A preview of the AL East in 2022

2022 AL East Preview

Tampa Bay Rays

2021 record: 100-62, AL East 1st place

We kick off our AL East preview with the reigning champs. The Tampa Bay Rays won the division last year with 100 wins and grabbed the AL’s number one seed. The Rays were the best team in the AL last season before the swashbuckling Boston Red Sox bested them in the ALDS. The Rays have kept their core group of players that took them to the World Series in 2020, and they will have their eyes fixed on another postseason run in 2022.

Biggest offseason move: re-signing Wander Franco

The Rays wasted no time in locking down superstar shortstop Wander Franco. Franco only arrived in the majors last season, and he immediately shone. The all-world prospect slashed .288/.347/.463 and OPS of .810. It shocked no one that the Rays handed Franco an 11-year deal worth an initial $182 million.

Player to watch: Tyler Glasnow

Injury and eventual Tommy John surgery destroyed Tyler Glasnow’s 2021 season. A young Rays rotation battled hard in his absence, but they faltered in the postseason. The Rays signed veteran former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to bolster the rotation. Nonetheless, Glasnow will need to come back to his best. His electric stuff is elite, and he is a proven October pitcher. There is no ETA on his comeback, and the Rays won’t want to rush him back. When he does return, the Rays might find another level.

Season projection: AL East winners

The Rays are the most proven team in the division. They understand their formula; they are a settled squad with solid positional players, good starters, and a strong bullpen. Their analytical, data-driven approach is one that manager Kevin Cash knows inside out. While stiff divisional competition may hinder the Rays’ chances of repeating a 100-win season, they are the team to beat.

Boston Red Sox

2021 record: 92-70, AL Wildcard

Expectations were low for the Boston Red Sox in 2021. Nevertheless, this is a club used to winning. In Alex Cora, they have one of the most astute managerial minds in the game. The return of Cora as manager, allied with a ferocious batting lineup helped the Red Sox reach the ALCS. Expectations changed instantly, and now Red Sox nation expects more of the same in 2022.

The ‘Sox open their campaign on the road in New York, and they will have to weather storms from Tampa Bay and Toronto. Boston is a squad full of powerful batters that will win plenty of games. Rafael Devers, JD Martinez, Alex Verdugo, Kike Hernandez, and others should keep the Red Sox in contention.

Biggest offseason move: Jackie Bradley Jr

The Red Sox needed depth in the outfield, and they filled it with a trade that gave them Jackie Bradley, Jr. Bradley is a solid outfielder with good speed and awareness. Bradley replaces Kyle Schwarber. The acquisition provided the Red Sox with a bit more roster flexibility.

Player to watch: Rafael Devers

Rafael Devers stepped up for the Red Sox last season. A Silver-Slugger award and All-Star appearance highlighted his season as he smashed 38 home runs and 113 RBIs. Devers’ lefty power perfectly suits Fenway Park’s unique dimensions.

Per Baseball Savant, Devers’ percentage rates for exit velocity, slugging, and hard-hit rates are elite. Mix that with a good understanding of the strike zone, and Devers should have another good season with the bat. Where Devers must improve is in the field. The AL East now features some star third basemen. Devers must handle the hot corner better than ever.

Season projection: Wildcard team

The expanded playoff format provides the Red Sox with comfort. Even in such a tough division, they should have enough. The significant concerns are on the pitching side. Chris Sale is dealing with a rib injury that will see him miss the opening series in New York. Veteran free-agent acquisition James Paxton is another pitcher on the 60-day injury list.

The ‘Sox did add a few veteran arms, but they will run it back with primarily the same group from 2021. Their team ERA of 4.26 ranked 7th in the AL. It can’t get any lower than that for the Sox to have any hope. The big sluggers will surely need to shoulder the burden for the Red Sox.

New York Yankees

2021 record: 92-70, AL Wildcard

The New York Yankees experienced a turbulent, erratic 2021 season that ultimately ended at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. The defeat extended the Yankees’ World Series drought. 2022 is a massive year for Aaron Boone and GM Brian Cashman. The Bleacher Creatures are restless.

Biggest offseason move: Trading for Josh Donaldson

The Yanks needed to improve on defense. Therefore, it surprised no one that they struck a trade for former MVP Josh Donaldson. The veteran is an experienced player, and he is an automatic improvement on Gio Urshela. Moreover, Donaldson’s power and consistent fielding prowess should add more predictability to the Yankees’ infield. Mix in 26 homers, an OPS of .872, and the Yanks have a proven commodity.

Player to watch: Gerrit Cole

The abiding image of 2021 Gerrit Cole is the one of him getting heckled at Fenway Park as he looked at Xander Bogaerts’ monster home run. Cole crumbled in the most significant moment of the season. Moreover, Cole struggled with fitness late in the season, and there were murmurs that the ban on sticky stuff hurt him more than other pitchers. The rotation behind Cole is shaky; the $324 million man must step up and have a Cy Young caliber season.

Season projection: Wildcard team

The Yankees’ lack of starting pitching depth and an inconsistent batting lineup too reliant on the long ball will keep them from winning the division. Nonetheless, the AL is weak, and the Yanks will still win many games. Their limitations are apparent, but they still boast too much firepower. Boone’s team will make the postseason.

Toronto Blue Jays

2021 record: 91-71, 4th place

The Toronto Blue Jays finally emerged from their long hibernation as they stormed to a 91-win season. The young talent within the Blue Jays’ system started to make their mark in the majors. Another year of development, experience, and an expanded playoff format should help the Blue Jays take another step forward. Add in an exciting offseason, and they should be in the mix.

Biggest offseason move: trading for Matt Chapman

The acquisition of Matt Chapman completes the Blue Jays’ star-studded infield. Chapman’s plus power and a career slugging percentage of .478 make him a significant plate threat. Chapman adds Platinum Glove-quality to Toronto’s infield — already boasting Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. It is perhaps the best infield in the AL East.

Player to watch: Bo Bichette

Trevor Story, Carlos Correa, and Corey Seager are some of the premier shortstops in baseball. Young Bo Bichette is capable of jumping into that elite category. Bichette is a career .300 hitter with a solid OPS of .850. The Floridian-born star is the embodiment of a five-tool player. Last year, Bichette enjoyed a solid year with the glove. If he can find another level in the field, Bichette is ready to break out hugely.

Season projection: 90-plus wins, wildcard place

The Blue Jays are the team best positioned to challenge the Tampa Bay Rays. The ‘Jays have the depth and skill to last 162 games. The top of the pitching rotation has high-caliber talent, and the batting lineup is deep with potential MVP, Silver Slugger, and All-Star talents.

Toronto added vital pieces such as Kevin Gausman, and they extended ace Jose Berrios. Adding their grit and experience to a young team could be an inspired decision.

Baltimore Orioles

2021 season: 52-110

We finish our AL East preview in Baltimore. It was another miserable season for the Baltimore Orioles in 2021. The O’s won 52 games as their painful rebuild passed by another year. The promise of Adley Rutchsman was the sole thing that kept the Baltimore faithful placated.

Biggest offseason move: Robinson Chirinos

Veteran Robinson Chirinos signed a one-year deal, and his experience of winning organizations should help engender a healthy culture within the Orioles’ clubhouse. Moreover, his knowledge of the catcher position could help accelerate Adley Rutschman’s development.

Player to watch: Adley Rutschman

The number two ranked prospect per is the silver lining for Orioles fans. The 2019 draft pick has the pedigree and the raw tools to excel at the big league level. However, luck dealt the Orioles a tough blow as Rutschman picked up a tricep injury to sideline him for 2-3 weeks. Nonetheless, it will be must-watch TV when Rutschman returns to the bigs. He is one of the game’s brightest young stars.

Season projection: AL East last place finish

Orioles fans should brace themselves for another difficult season. In a loaded division, the Orioles are sure to finish last. Bright sparks will occur as prospects maneuver through the pipeline, but many losses are in store for the Baltimore Orioles.

That’s it for the AL East preview! Come back at the end of the season to see how these predictions played out, and tune in to Around the Block to catch previews of each of the remaining divisions.

BREAKING NEWS: Baseball is back as MLB and MLBPA agree to terms

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The MLB and MLBPA have agreed to terms on a deal. Baseball will be played this summer. Let’s get into the terms of the deal:

MLB and MLBPA terms:

A lot of this is just business jargon. However, there are a few important things to go over. First, off the CBT, the owners, and players came to an agreement that brings the CBT up to $230 million dollars. This will allow players to get more money from teams who want to spend.

Next, the minimum salary is going up to $700k. This is huge for players. The minimum salary is up almost $120k, making teams spend more and helping young players with less time on their clock. In other words, young players actually have comparable wages to veterans in the league.

Another thing, the bonus pool money increased to $50 million. This was one of the biggest things for the MLBPA. Bonus money is huge for players in the first six years of service. It allows them to add to salary via good play — the pool was small and was only going to the top players.

Lastly, and the biggest hold up here in the ninth hour, the International draft. This became a huge issue with the Dominican Republic players, as it would destroy the system that is set up in the DR. The MLB, however, chose to give them time to adjust to this new system. It will start in 2024 and they have until July 25th to come to an agreement on how it will work. If there is a deal made, then the qualifying offer system is gone. If no deal on that, qualifying offers will come back.

Will we get 162 games?

Short answer: Yes. The long answer, Rob Manfred has already canceled two weeks of games. However, there is a scheduling option where the league could still get all 162 in and that is what was agreed to.

Spring training will be starting up tom , and the next 24 hours of trades and signings will be crazy. Basically, all of the MLB offseason will be in the next week.

Here we go y’all, baseball is back! We are going to have a crazy few days with trades and big names still sitting on the market. Let’s worry about scheduling when that all comes to a head nearing the playoffs. Just enjoy the fact that baseball is here again.

Women’s History Month: A look at Women in sports

As Women’s History Month begins, let’s look at some incredible examples today.

As March begins, so does one of the most important months of the year: Women’s History Month. Women in sports have changed nearly every aspect of the industry for the better. It would be impossible to do each of them justice, but the work they’ve done deserves to be celebrated.

A powerhouse in baseball

Baseball has long been known as one of America’s favorite pastimes. It is the oldest major professional sport in the world, founded in 1876. Over the course of nearly 150 years, it has changed the lives of many, including Kim Ng.

Kim Ng has long been a part of the world of baseball. Currently, she serves as the general manager of the Miami Marlins, making her the highest-ranking female in baseball. Ng is the first female general manager in MLB history, but it didn’t come easy. Along with being the first female executive, Ng is also the first East Asian American to achieve such a high position in baseball.

Ng’s career in baseball began as an intern for the Chicago White Sox in 1991. Since then, she has held the titles of special projects analyst, assistant director of baseball operations, director of waivers and records, assistant general manager, and now general manager. Kim became the first and youngest woman to hold many of these positions, breaking the glass ceiling time and time again.

Ng serves as an inspiration for women everywhere. Her current position and the path she took to get here show young women everywhere that in a male-dominated sport as old as baseball, women can and will leave their mark.

Hockey’s leading woman

When you think about hockey, it may be easy to get caught up in the brute force and fearlessness it takes to play the sport, but never-ending skating sessions and broken sticks didn’t scare Kendall Coyne-Schofield; they invited her to stay for more.

Coyne-Schofield’s relentless pursuit of greatness has led her to the top. She is now regarded as one of the best women’s hockey players in the world. The three-time Olympic medalist has paved her way in the world of hockey, winning countless awards and receiving never ending recognition.

Her hockey career was the first of its kind, leading her to become the first woman to ever take place in the NHL All-Star Skills competition. Coyne-Schofield replaced NHL superstar Nathan McKinnon in the fastest-skater challenge in 2019, where she placed seventh.

Fresh off a silver medal in Beijing, she is still a member of the USA Women’s Hockey Team. Coyne-Schofield has also gotten the chance to put her hockey knowledge to work as a coach. In 2020, she was hired as the first female player development coach for the Chicago Blackhawks. If that wasn’t enough, Coyne-Schofield has also changed the world of NHL color commentary, a position she held for the San Jose Sharks in 2017.

The impact she has left on the world of hockey and young women everywhere is bigger than any accomplishment summary could explain, but luckily, her advice is available for all, “Always follow your dreams, believe in yourself, and be willing to put in the work it takes to accomplish your dreams.”

Trailblazing the NBA

If you follow basketball closely, you’ve heard of Becky Hammon. She is an exceptional player, a phenomenal coach, and a role model for women everywhere.

Hammon’s playing career was monumental, but what she’s done since then has changed the course of basketball history. In 2014, Hammon became the second female coach in NBA history when she was hired by the San Antonio Spurs, a team she had collaborated with closely in the past. Later that year, Hammon was named ESPNW’s Woman of the Year.

Since 2014, Hammon’s success has only multiplied. One of her most notable accomplishments came in 2020 when she served as the first-ever female acting head coach in the league. Her tremendous work ethic, basketball knowledge, and coaching abilities led her to become the head coach of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces in 2021. She is now the highest-paid women’s basketball coach in history.

Hammon’s tremendous talent for basketball has been recognized by all. She has been praised by coaches, analysts, and, most importantly, her players. NBA legend Pau Gasol wrote an article titled, “An Open Letter About Female Coaches“, where he talked about the importance and excellence of Hammon.

“I’m telling you: Becky Hammon can coach. I’m not saying she can coach pretty well. Im not saying she can coach enough to get by, Im not saying she can coach almost at the level of the NBA’s male coaches. Im saying: Becky Hammon can coach NBA basketball. Period.”

Gasol emphasized the importance of females in basketball after witnessing Hammon’s impact on his team firsthand. Hammon is an inspiration to women everywhere as she continues to blaze trails in the world of basketball and sports.

“Well into adulthood, you have to be careful of the voices that you listen to. You got to guard your eyes, what you’re seeing, you got to guard your ears, what you’re hearing, because eventually, that stuff seeps into your heart. I think what settles into your heart is eventually what you become.” Hammon told the Bronx Times.

Her advice and her actions show young women everywhere that they can accomplish whatever settles into their hearts, whether it’s been done before or not.

Football’s first ladies

In recent years, the NFL has begun to implement female coaches. In 2021, they had a league-high 12 female coaches. They also now have a handful of female referees. Along with women on the field and in the facility, the NFL’s media has also seen an increase in female reporters and journalists. These women have all seen doors opened for them in football by two of the most influential women in the league thus far, Amy Trask and Erin Andrews.

Amy Trask was the NFL’s first female CEO. She became the CEO of the Oakland Raiders in 1997, a position she held until her retirement in 2013. Trask served as Al Davis’ right-hand lady for decades as she changed the world of football as we know it.

“I’m asked all the time if I was tested because I’m a woman. The answer is, we’re all tested all the time. Whether it’s because of our gender, our race, our ethnicity, our age, our seniority, our educational background – we’re tested all the time. Well, what’s the best answer when you’re tested? Pass the damn test.” Trask told SBNation. She showed women everywhere that your input, your dreams, and your skills are valuable, especially in a sport that consists of thousands of men.

Erin Andrews has followed Amy Trask’s lead as one of the most influential women in football. She has risen through the ranks of sports reporting since 2004, and she is now the lead sideline reporter for Fox Sports NFL broadcasting team.

Andrews has inspired hundreds of other sports reporters and women to chase their dreams, and now the NFL embraces the talent of many female football journalists and reporters.

Women like NFL Network’s Colleen Wolfe, Erica Tamposi, Cynthia Frelund, and Rachel Bonetta, CBS Sports’ Aditi Kinkhabwala, ESPN’s Dianna Russini, and many, many more women have broken down barriers. They show each day how important women are to the world of football, and they have opened countless doors. The NFL, as we know it, is headed in a new direction; a direction filled with female input on the sidelines, in the facility, and in front of the camera.

Inspiring change in soccer

One of the biggest stories in sports recently has been the settlement of a gender discrimination lawsuit in soccer. On February 22,2022, U.S. Soccer and the Women’s Players agreed to settle a lawsuit that has been active since 2016.

The terms of the agreement have finally equalized pay for men’s and women’s national soccer teams. This change was led by the hands of the US Women’s National Team’s own public figure and trailblazer, Megan Rapinoe.

Rapinoe has long been one of the best women’s soccer players in the country. She has led her team to two World Cup titles and an Olympic gold medal. Her on-field accomplishments are only surpassed by one thing: her world-changing activism.

She stands proudly for racial and gender equality, leading the charge for women everywhere. Her latest accomplishment on equal pay for women marks the beginning of a new era in major league soccer.

It’s impossible to explain the impact these women have had on the world of sports and sports media. Each day they show a male-dominated industry why their talents are more than valuable, they’re necessary. They serve as role models for women and girls everywhere, because if you see it, you can be it.

This Women’s History Month, take the time to recognize the women in sports that have impacted your favorite team. Spend time speaking on and celebrating the changes they’ve made and the glass ceilings they’ve shattered. This month, take the time to encourage the women in your life to follow their wildest dreams. They are destined to change the world thanks to the help of those that have come before them.