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New York Yankees name Rachel Balkovec as the first female minor league manager

The New York Yankees announced this week that Rachel Balkovec will become the new manager of the minor league team the Tampa Tarpons, making her the first female manager of any MLB team in history.

Balkovec had previously made history as the first woman to become a minor league hitting coach in 2019, and again before that as the first full-time strength and conditioning coach in Major League Baseball. During the 2021 season she served as hitting coach for the Florida Complex League (FCL) Yankees, leading the team to top batting rankings in the league. 

In a press conference, Balkovec recalled her difficult path to becoming manager, saying she had been rejected for jobs by multiple organizations when they saw she was a woman. At one point, she said, she even changed her name from Rachel to ‘Rae’ on her resume and found she got more calls back from potential employers that way, but ultimately returned to using her real name.

“It was pretty short lived that I changed my name because at the end of the day, you just have to look yourself in the mirror and be like, well, you know, if they don’t want to hire me because I’m a woman I probably don’t want to work for those people,” Balkovec said.

Balkovec says she wants to be a role model for young girls and the world. “I want to be a visible idea for young women. I want to be a visible idea for dads that have daughters, I want to be out there,” she said.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: CBS SPORTS

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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