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There may be a lockout in MLB, but the New York Yankees still managed to make some news.

Yankees promote Rachel Balkovec to manager of Single-A Tampa Tarpons.

The move makes Balkovec the first female manager in the minor leagues.

Balkovec has been with the Yankees organization since 2019 when they hired her as a minor league hitting coach. The 34-year-old was a softball catcher for New Mexico in college and enlisted as a strength and conditioning coach to break into professional baseball. You can find out more about her on her website.

Prior to working for the Yankees, Balkovec worked with the White Sox, Cardinals and Astros organizations. She spent some time in 2019 working at Driveline Baseball, which has become known for its excellence in player development.




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