The Yankees Just Hired the First Female Manager in Minor League History

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By Tanner Garrity Rachel Balkovec will make history this April, as the first-ever female manager of an MiLB ballclub. She’ll be managing the Tampa Tarpons, the Low-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, where she’s been the hitting coach since 2019. As Baseball Reference points out, the appointment actually makes Balkovec the first woman to lead a team at any level of “Organized Baseball” — a term that refers to MLB and its associated minor leagues, but excludes amateur and independent leagues. When Balkovec was selected to the coaching staff at the Futures Game in Denver last July (MiLB’s take …

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