Women scouts are scarce in Major League Baseball. Amanda Hopkins with the Seattle Mariners, Haley Alvarez with the Oakland Athletics as a scouting coordinator and Kelly Rodman with the Yankees.
Rodman was the only woman present among the scout representatives during the first night of the MLB Draft. Sitting next to her was former Yankee, Nick Swisher, the two high-fived after selecting Anthony Volpe with the 30th pick in the first round.
“(Volpe) Is a baseball kid with good instincts. He can hit gap to gap, has some power there, has some arm strength, he just gets better and better every time you see him,” said Rodman. “We’re excited to have in the organization.”
Volpe has verbally committed to Vanderbilt University, but Rodman said that there weren’t any concerns about his choice.
“Our scouting department is so good at what they do. We’re drafting a great player, that’s what we’re doing,” said Rodman.
With 12 years of semi-professional women’s baseball, under her belt, Rodman attended scouting school in 2013. As a ballplayer, Rodman was an outfielder for Boston Women’s Baseball League. She traveled all over including the Dominican Republic and Japan.
In 2017 she was introduced to the Yankees area scout in New York City. This was her first year attending the draft and notes Brian Cashman and Jean Afterman as inspirations to her.
“I hope I inspire young women and little girls to follow their dreams and you know, you know that they have the opportunity to work in baseball, in the media, tv, front office, baseball ops, scouting. In the future, you know, even maybe coaching,” said Rodman. “I’m Inspired to look to inspire young women and do whatever I can to tell my story and share my share how much positive energy I’ve had with the New York Yankees, a wonderful organization. They’ve been so good to me.”
Rodman, a lengthy career in baseball, says that she wishes she began working in sports earlier. For girls and women who are interested in having a career in professional sports, Rodman said to “start early.”
“Even if you’re working for a college team, even if you want to do work for your high school team, be around the sport. Be around people that can help you learn and teach you and any job opportunity that you can get, even in the minor leagues, you know, go for it. Get your foot in the door and don’t ever give up,” said Rodman.