The New York Yankees surprised this Sunday by announcing Rachel Balkovec as manager of their Class A branch, with the Tampa Tarpons team. You will become the first woman to hold the position and could lead the way for other colleagues.
The truth is that Balkovec has carved out an important career as a baseball coach. At 34 years of age, she has achieved important milestones for women in the profession. Next, we will review five things that you surely did not know about the career of the American.
Balkovec had an outstanding college career as a women’s softball player. In her performance as a player, she acted as a catcher and was always classified as a great defender of her position with a good arm to get runners on bases.
Balkovec has been in organized baseball since 2012, when she joined the St. Louis Cardinals as a strength and conditioning coach in the minor league system. Then, four years later, he served the same role in Double-A with the Houston Astros.
She was the first woman to receive the position of hitting coach in the minor leagues, when in 2020 the Yankees offered her the position and she was even invited to training camps.
To reach the position he now enjoys, Balkovec had to go through several stages and dedicate his life exclusively to baseball. On her website she defines herself as “student, athlete, minimalist, feminist and nomad.” She has lived in 13 cities in 10 years and visited 9 countries, and also collaborates with charitable organizations.
Balkovec has devoted much of his time to becoming the most informative person possible for a career in baseball. He has master’s degrees in the science of human movement and in the Netherlands he conducted studies on eye tracking when hitting.
Balkovec will be able to tell her grandchildren that she was the first woman to land the job as a hitting coach for a major league organization in its minor league branches and will also be proud to be the first manager to take on a team.