Looks like the New York Yankees just made history…
In recent years, we’ve seen women begin to hold higher positions in professional sports.
For example, there are a number of female assistant coaches on NFL teams, and we’ve also seen the addition of female referees in NFL games.
With that being said, we’re now seeing a woman hold one of the highest professional positions to date, as the Yankees have selected Rachel Balkovec to be the new manager of their single-A farm team, the Tampa Tarpons, according to the AP.
The 34-year-old joined the Yankees organization in 2019, and has been apart of the majors since 2012 after a stint with the St. Louis Cardinals organization as a strength and conditioning coach.
The former collegiate softball catcher joined the Astros in 2016, as a strength and conditioning coach for their Double-A team in Corpus Christi.
She previously made history after being hired as the Yankees’ minor league hitting coach in 2019, the first female to do so.
She spoke about the monumental hiring back in 2019:
“I view my path as an advantage. I had to do probably much more than maybe a male counterpart, but I like that because I’m so much more prepared for the challenges that I might encounter.”
Rachel Balkovec will become the next manager of the Low A Tampa Tarpons, per @lindseyadler