The first female head coach in American baseball. Women’s progress continues in baseball, which was considered a male-only game.
The Tampa Bay Times, a daily newspaper in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA, reported on the 11th that Rachel Balkoveck (pictured), hitting coach of the Tampa Tarpons under the New York Yankees, has been promoted to manager and will lead the team from this season.
There is no precedent for the appointment of a female manager in American baseball. Jenny Finch was Bridgeport Bluefish’s first female manager, but she was also a guest manager in the independent league, and Justin Siegel was also an independent league manager.
Balkovec is neither an independent league nor a guest manager. He is the regular manager in charge of the season. Balkovec became the manager because of his career. Balkoveck began his coaching career as a strength and conditioning coach in the St. Louis Cardinals’ Rookie League in 2012. In 2016, he served as the exclusive strength training and conditioning coach for the Latin American players of the Houston Astros. It is said that he learned Spanish separately to converse with players from Latin America. Houston promoted him to the Double-A team’s conditioning coach for his hard work. In 2019, he transferred to the New York Yankees and was appointed as a regular hitting coach for the Tampa Tarpons from the following season. She was the first female hitting coach to work for a major league organization. He eventually became the manager of the same team.
Balkoveck said that he did not hesitate to work as a waitress to earn a living. After graduating from the Netherlands in 2018, he worked for the Dutch baseball and softball teams. He also worked at Driveline Baseball, a data-driven baseball center for major league training.
Balkoveck said in an interview in 2019 when he signed with the New York Yankees. “I had to do a lot more than a man, but I am ready for any challenge I can take.”
Meanwhile, Ryu Hyun-jin (35)’s team, the Toronto Blue Jays, has appointed Jamie Vieira, a female, as the batting coach for their minor league team.
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