The MLB’s ongoing lockout has put the offseason in a stand-still, however that did not cease the Yankees from making a ground-breaking transfer on Sunday.
The group is reportedly hiring Rachel Balkovec as the supervisor of the membership’s Low-A affiliate, the Tampa Tarpons, according to of The Athletic. The transfer will make Balkovec the primary woman to ever serve as the supervisor of a minor league group.
Balkovec joined the Yankees group in 2019 as a minor-league hitting coach. The previous softball participant has labored in main league organizations for a lot of the previous decade. She was beforehand a energy and conditioning coach for the Astros’ Double-A affiliate, and has additionally labored for the White Sox and Cardinals.
Balkovec has not been shy about her aspirations to someday lead a major-league entrance workplace. After the Marlins hired Kim Ng as the first-ever woman GM in MLB historical past, Balkovec pointed to Ng as an inspiration, as nicely as assistant basic managers Raquel Ferreira and Jean Afterman of the Pink Sox and Yankees, respectively.
“[Ng] has been deeply impactful to me,” Balkovec informed SI‘s Stephanie Apstein in November 2020. “I don’t assume she even actually is aware of that. She and Raquel and Jean have actually impacted my thought of what’s doable for me.”
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