Raleigh woman living dream as MLB's only female scout
Posted September 11, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — It isn't hard to go to work when your office is a baseball stadium. As the only female scout for Major League Baseball, Raleigh’s Christie Wood is one of the lucky ones.
"I see something different every time I go to a game," Wood said.
Being a female in a male-dominated profession, however, isn’t at all a deterrent for Wood, who has been to Italy, Panama and beyond for her job.
“It's no different to me. I've never thought of myself as female or not female," Wood said.
To Wood, it’s a responsibility to get young talent seen as she travels with a camera in-hand to capture the hit or pitch that could earn a guy a shot at pro baseball.
"It goes to all of the teams for scouting,” Wood said. “It's another look to help in scouting a player."
The love for the game started on the NC State campus. Wood was an eager student who was approached by Wolfpack baseball coach Elliott Avent.
"I asked coach Avent one day, ‘if you ever need any help with video at the field let me know,’” Wood recalled. “He's like, ‘you can come out tomorrow.’"
So she did. Wood shot video of practices, games, and even starting her own radio broadcast during a time when college baseball play-by-play was an afterthought.
"Just being on the field, being a field rat as I called myself, I just fell in love with the game," Wood said.
Connections made along the way led to the present-day dream job for the baseball loving girl.
"To see a kid in high school, then in pro ball and the All-Start Game, it's just incredible,” Wood said. “You feel like you had some hand in helping him achieve his dreams."
The challenge of being a woman in scouting has expanded in the last year as Wood is now balancing baseball and travel with a new baby girl.
"I really hope she's going to spend a lot of her life at ballparks with me," Wood said.
Perhaps it can be considered mother-daughter bonding while studying the movement of a curveball.