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Yankees to name first female MLB manager

Rachel Balkovec will be the first female manager in professional baseball, as the New York Yankees have hired her to manage their affiliate in Tampa.

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Balkovec confirmed the news to MLB.com, saying she will be joining the Low-A Tampa Tarpons next season. She has been coaching professionally for 10 years, and was the first female full-time hitting coach in an MLB organization, MLB.com reported.

Balkovec started her career in Major League Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals as a minor league strength and conditioning coach in 2012, NBC News reported.

Balkovec is 34 and from Omaha, Nebraska. In 2019, she told The Associated Press, “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 aspires to one day possibly lead a team’s front office, pointing to Kim Ng, the first-ever female GM in MLB history, as an inspiration, Sports Illustrated reported. Ng is the general manager of the Miami Marlins.