Rachel Balkovec will take over as manager of the New York Yankees’ low-A club.
According to The Athletic, Rachel Balkovec will manage the New York Yankees’ low-A squad this season, making her the first female skipper in affiliated professional baseball.
According to The Athletic, Balkovec, who joined the Yankees as a minor league hitting coach in November 2019, will oversee the minor league Tampa Tarpons.
Balkovec, a 34-year-old native of Omaha, Nebraska, began her professional career as a minor league strength and conditioning coach with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012.
Balkovec, a former Creighton and New Mexico softball catcher, was traded from the Cardinals to the Houston Astros in 2016. She was appointed as the Latin American strength and conditioning coordinator, and eventually became the strength and conditioning coach at Double-A Corpus Christi.
In 2018, she took a break from baseball to pursue a second master’s degree at Vrije University in the Netherlands, where she also assisted the country’s national baseball and softball teams. Before being recruited by New York, she worked with Driveline Baseball, a data-driven baseball facility that has coached countless big leaguers.
In 2019, Balkovec told The Associated Press, “I consider my route as an advantage.” “I certainly had to do a lot more than a male equivalent, but I enjoy that because it means I’m far more prepared for whatever obstacles I could face.”
The Yankees are set to appoint Rachel Balkovec as the first female minor league manager.
The New York Yankees hired Rachel Balkovec as one of the first full-time hitting instructors in any major-league team before to the 2020 baseball season.
Balkovec will manage a Class A minor league affiliate this season.
According to The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Balkovec, 34, will take over as manager of the Yankees’ Low-A Tampa Tarpons.
Balkovec was hired by Dillon Lawson, the Yankees’ hitting coordinator at the time, in November 2020. Last month, Lawson was elevated to hitting coach for the Yankees.
Balkovec served as a strength and conditioning coach for the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros franchises after playing softball in college at Creighton University and New Mexico.
Balkovec received advanced training and research for the post of hitting coach at Driveline Baseball in Washington state, a performance training institute that focuses on analytics.