Rachel Balkovec will lead the New York Yankees Low-A this season, making them the first female skipper of professional baseball affiliates, according to a report from The Athletic.
Balkovec, who joined the Yankees as a minor league hitting coach in November 2019, will lead minor leagues Tampa Tarpons, according to The Athletic.
The 34-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, Balkovec secured her first position in professional ball with the St. Louis Cardinals as a minor league strength and conditioning coach in 2012.
Balkovec, a former softball receiver in Creighton and New Mexico, moved from the Cardinals to the Houston Astros in 2016. She was hired as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Latin America, a position for which she learned spanish and then developed into strength and conditioning. coach at Double-A Corpus Christi.
She briefly left baseball in 2018 to pursue a second master’s degree at the University of Vrije in the Netherlands, where she also worked with the country’s national baseball and softball teams. She then worked for Driveline Baseball, a data-driven baseball center that trained many major leagues, before being hired by New York City.
“I see my background as an advantage,” Balkovec told The Associated Press in 2019. “I probably had to do a lot more than maybe a male counterpart, but I like it because I’m so much better prepared for them. challenges that I might encounter. “
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.