One of MLB’s biggest problems is the underrepresentation of racial minorities and vulnerable groups (78% of players are speculated to be white). Faced with that closed environment in the Big Top, every step toward inclusion is welcomed in North American baseball.
The Yankees have joined those efforts with a temporary signing. According to information from MLB.com, the “Bronx Bombers” have hired Rachel Balkovec as manager of the Tampa Tarpons, branch of division A down from minor leagues.
The arrival of Balkovec to the Tarpons dugout is unprecedented in the Major Leagues as it becomes the first woman to take the reins of an organization in the history of MiLB, as reported by Baseball America.
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Balkovec, 34, joined the Yankees development system in 2019 As a hitting coach and when she took office it was also historic for the minor leagues. Previously, he worked for the Astros and Cardinals.
“I think it speaks well of the Yankees who perhaps see themselves as an organization with deep traditional histories,” explained Balkovec in 2020. “But This is a great example of how limits are passed. Not just for hiring women, but for making aggressive moves in the player development system. “
Balkovec’s promotion is the most important hire for a woman in MLB since Kim Ng took over the management of the Marlins in 2021. ESPN He adds that as of 2020, 225 women served in sports-related positions in the majors.