- The Washington Times - Monday, January 10, 2022

The New York Yankees are promoting Rachel Balkovec to manage their Low-A minor league club, making her the first woman to lead an affiliated professional baseball team, according to multiple reports.

Balkovec, 34, first joined the Yankees organization as a minor league hitting coach in 2019. The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler was first to report the news. The Yankees have not yet announced her promotion as the new manager of the Tampa Tarpons.

Balkovec was a softball catcher at Creigton and New Mexico before getting her start in professional baseball in 2012 as a minor league strength and conditioning coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Houston Astros then hired her in 2016 as their Latin American strength and conditioning coordinator before promoting her to Double-A Corpus Christi.

She took a two-year break from coaching in the minors in 2018 and spent her time working for Driveline Baseball, a data-centric player development company.

This story includes wire reports. 

• Jacob Calvin Meyer can be reached at jmeyer@washingtontimes.com.

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