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Friday, January 01, 2021

Boston Red Sox hire Bianca Smith as minor-league coach, making her first Black female coach in pro baseball history

The Red Sox have made a historic hire. According to Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have hired Bianca Smith as a minor-league coach, making her the first Black woman to serve as a coach in the history of professional baseball.

Smith, who is currently an assistant coach and assistant athletic director at Carroll University in Wisconsin, will work with minor-leaguers at Boston’s spring training complex in Fort Myers. She’ll mainly work with position players, according to McWilliams.

Smith played softball at Dartmouth in 2011 and 2012, has interned with the Rangers and Reds and received a dual Master’s degree in sports law and sports management from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. In Aug. 2019, she joined Carroll in a dual administrative/coaching role after spending the summer as a baseball operations intern with the Reds.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 01, 2021 at 04:11 PM | 45 comment(s)
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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Taylor Trammell: Baseball Is Not Black Enough

When I was in training camp with the Padres, there were about 50 people included at our alternate site. And including the trainers, and everybody that’s there, you know how many were Black?


Two coaches and three players. So we were tight. We were all very close, having conversations about everything going on in the world like every single day. They had my back, and I had (and still have) their backs through anything and everything.

But we had to have each other’s backs like that. Because you know what? I’m gonna be honest with you, I can’t speak for what happened in the major clubhouse, but we had our normal meeting at nine o’clock at the alternate site after the boycotts in sports started, and nothing was said.

I wanted to be like, “Hey, are we gonna talk about what’s going on in the world? Or are we gonna keep hiding under this rock?”

I wanted to do that, but it’s like, Do I risk being seen as “that guy?” Do I risk being seen as a less desirable player?

People say that they care a lot. But, just speaking from the heart … I don’t know if they really do.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 10:33 AM | 65 comment(s)
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