Yankees hire LSU grad, becomes first full-time female manager in professional baseball history
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A Louisiana State University graduate is making history in the baseball world!
The New York Yankees have hired Rachel Balkovec is to become the first full-time female manager in Minor League baseball history. Balkovec has been named manager of the Yankees’ Low-A affiliate Tampa Tarpons next season.
Balkovec, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, received her master’s degree in sport administration from LSU in 2012.
According to the article on MLB.com, “Balkovec, 34, was serving as a hitting coach in the organization’s rookie-level Florida Complex League. She has been a coach in professional baseball for 10 years, becoming the first female full-time hitting coach in an MLB organization when she took on her previous role in 2019.”
Sports icon and former tennis star Billie Jean King applauded the move on Twitter as well.
King wrote, “History made in baseball! Congratulations to former college softball catcher @_rachelbalkovec on her promotion w/the #Yankees from hitting coach to team manager of the Low A Tampa Tarpons. She will be the 1st woman in history to manage a minor league baseball team. #Progress.”
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