The New York Yankees have appointed Rachel Balkovec as manager of their Class A Low team (the Tampa Tarpons), which makes her the first woman to hold that role in professional baseball history.
The 34-year-old and more than a decade in baseball, until now Balkovec served as the hitting coach of that squad, the official MLB website noted.
His 2019 appointment to the aforementioned hitting coach job had been recommended to general manager Brian Cashman by minor league hitting coordinator Dillon Lawson.
“Lawson was extremely impressed with his expertise in strength and conditioning and the biomechanics side,” Cashman said at the time. “That was good enough for me.”
Balkovec’s service record highlights his time through the Cardinals and Astros farm systems, as well as the Australian Baseball League.
In addition, she was chosen for the 2021 Future All-Star Game at Coors Field, and is considered an expert in cutting-edge analysis, especially when it comes to eye tracking of hitters and hip movement of pitchers.
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