Yankees name Rachel Balkovec as 1st woman to manage minor league team

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Rachel Balkovec will this week become the first woman since the New York Yankees to lead a minor league baseball team Nominated Her manager of the Tampa Tarpons.

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Running news: Balkovec, 34, will manage the Tarpons, the Yankees’ low Division A affiliate, for the 2022 season. Begins in April.

  • The Yankees appointed Balkovec as a minor league hitting coach in November 2019, when she became the first woman in the history of professional baseball to be named to that role.
  • Before joining the Yankees, Balkovec spent three seasons with the Houston Astros organization, serving as strength and conditioning coach for Double-A Corpus Christi in 2018 and rookie-level GCL Astros in 2017.
  • Balkovec began his professional baseball career in 2012 with the St. Louis Cardinals as a minor league strength and conditioning coaching intern.

Between the lines: Balkovec said on Wednesday that he faced multiple rejections when applying for strength and conditioning jobs early in his career.

  • She told a news conference, after being rejected several times, Balkovec, encouraged by her sister, changed her name from “Rachel” to “Rae” on her resume and applications, and asked her to get callbacks for job interviews. Started.
  • Still, she would be rejected after the authorities realized she was a woman, she said.
  • “It was so short of time that I changed my name because at the end of the day, you just have to look at yourself in the mirror and be like, well, you know, if they don’t want to hire me because I I’m a woman I probably don’t want to work for those guys,” Balkovec said.
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what is she saying: “I want to be a visible consideration for young women. I want to be a visible thought to dads who have daughters, I want to be there,” she said.

  • “I’m glad that my path was hard and it serves me today, and so if you feel like you’re not welcome or that it’s a rough road, that’s good. Look at yourself and try to go. Do, ‘It’s going to be good for me in the future,’ even if it doesn’t look good in the moment.”

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