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Sunday, January 09, 2022

Yankees to name Rachel Balkovec as Low-A manager in historic hire, per report

The New York Yankees are expected to name Rachel Balkovec as the new manager of their Low-A affiliate, the Tampa Tarpons, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Balkovec is believed to be the first woman to manage on a full-time basis in MLB’s version of the minor leagues.

Balkovec, 34 years old, was previously the first woman to be named as a hitting coach. The Yankees appointed her to that position in their system prior to the 2020 season. She spent last season coaching in the Florida Complex League, but was rewarded with a spot on the Futures Game, an annual staple during MLB’s All-Star Game festivities.

“I started thinking about my journey,” Balkovec told about that opportunity. “I’ve been in the game for more than 10 years, so this is something that’s been a long time coming. My first reaction was to make sure that this is something I have earned and that I’m getting it for the right reasons, not maybe just because of my gender.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2022 at 07:57 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: women in baseball, yankees

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   1. Hombre Brotani Posted: January 09, 2022 at 08:27 PM (#6060356)
If Mickey Hatcher could be a successful hitting coach, so can Balkovec.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: January 10, 2022 at 09:16 AM (#6060398)
Please let the next headline be, "Yankees to name Bob Knepper as Low-A pitching coach, per report."
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: January 10, 2022 at 11:51 AM (#6060425)
Women! Whaddya gonna do...?!
   4. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: January 10, 2022 at 12:08 PM (#6060430)
I'm not proud of this but when I first read the story I read the team name as "Tampa Tampons."
   5. reech Posted: January 10, 2022 at 01:06 PM (#6060440)
THIS is what happens when you allow women to vote ;-)

Seriously, this is fantastic news- and I hope this is the start of a trend.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: January 10, 2022 at 10:49 PM (#6060554)
Fergie Jenkins was excited by the news.

"To The First Female Manager in Professional Baseball History, Rachel Balkovec………Go get em Rachel!"
   7. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 11, 2022 at 02:02 AM (#6060568)
Tampa Tarpons

Two-thirds of the way through the season, they'll change their name to Tampa Avengers.
   8. base ball chick Posted: January 11, 2022 at 09:35 AM (#6060585)
4. Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: January 10, 2022 at 12:08 PM (#6060430)

I'm not proud of this but when I first read the story I read the team name as "Tampa Tampons."

- don't feel bad dude

so did I

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