Rachel Balkovec becomes first female manager in USA affiliated baseball

Rachel Balkovec becomes first female manager in USA affiliated baseball
10/01/2022
The 34-year old previously served as a minor league hitting coach.

The New York Yankees have named Rachel Balkovec as the new Low-A affiliate Tampa Tarpons manager, thus making her the first female manager within a Major League Baseball (MLB) organization.

Balkovec, a 34-year old Nebraska native, previously served as a hitting coach in the Yankees' organization, a role she earned in May 2020. She was strongly recommended to the Yankees by hitting coordinator Dillon Lawson, who met Balkovec during her time as a strength and conditioning coordinator for the Houston Astros.

Balkovec coached in the Australian Baseball League and was named to the coaching staff for the 2021 MLB All-Star Futures Game at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, before last season's All-Star Game.

Cover photo is by Cliff Welch/MiLB.com

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