Milwaukee Brewers' Sara Goodrum, first female minor-league hitting coordinator, wraps up groundbreaking season
The Milwaukee Brewers have been bringing in their minor-league coordinators during their final home stand to give them a look at what they’ve helped build.
For Sara Goodrum, the first female minor-league hitting coordinator in the game, it has been an exciting experience.
“We’d been having conversations throughout the year on whether this was going to be a thing or not, just because of COVID,” she said. “They luckily were able to bring all of the coordinators and rovers (roving instructors) up for a series.
“I’m really thankful for the experience and the opportunity to listen and learn, and see what the final product looks like, so I can bring some information down to the minor leagues.”
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Goodrum had to hit the ground running after being promoted from coordinator for integrative sports performance at the age of 27. After the minor leagues had a dark year in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was much to be done to get players back on the field and properly assessed, assigned and monitored.
Asked what the highlight of her first year in that role was, Goodrum said, “Honestly, just learning about people; getting to know the staff I’m overseeing. They’re phenomenal people.
“It’s been really cool to work with people who care about the development of our players and have the best interests of our players and myself at heart. It’s really uplifting to know I’m supported across the organization.”
Brewers general manager Matt Arnold said it certainly wasn’t easy for minor-league coordinators at the outset after players missed entire seasons but said management was very pleased with the work of Goodrum.
“I thought she did a nice job,” Arnold said. “Hitting a baseball is one of the most challenging things to do in professional sports. She did such a good job of evaluating our staff and our players especially after that COVID year.
“We love her passion for hitting. She’s awesome. We’re lucky to have her.”
As for the many strong offensive performances from the likes of Joey Wiemer, Joe Gray Jr., Felix Valerio, Korry Howell, Hedbert Perez and many others, Goodrum said, “It was really exciting to see everyone. They all worked really hard in 2020. I tell people we have really resilient players.
"It’s really cool to see their hard work pay off.”
A native of Mesa, Arizona, Goodrum first worked for the Brewers in 2017 as a sports science intern. She quickly showed a knack for the offensive side of the game, leading to her promotion to running the minor-league hitting program. So, what’s next after this weekend?
“The (minor-league) seasons are wrapping up in a little bit,” she said. “Most seasons are done. We have Triple-A going for another week. The (Dominican Summer League) teams are finishing up in a week, too. I’m actually going back home to Arizona and I’m going to kind of decompress for a little bit.
"Hopefully, we’ll be watching a lot of exciting postseason baseball.”