Balkovec, who first joined the New York Yankees’ organization as a minor league hitting coach in 2019, will manage the Low-A Tampa Tarpons next season. Rachel Balkovec will make history as the first female manager of a minor league baseball team.
The 34-year-old former college softball catcher — who first joined the New York Yankees’ organization as a minor league hitting coach in 2019 — will make the move to manage the Low-A Tampa Tarpons next season, ESPN reports.
Prior to her gig with the Yankees’ organization, Balkovec started her professional baseball career in 2012 as a strength and conditioning coach at a St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliate, per The Athletic.
Get to know Rachel Balkovec
Rachel Balkovec was born on July 5, 1987, in Omaha, Nebraska. She has two sisters, Stephanie and Valerie. Her love of sports began at a young age; she played softball throughout her childhood and continued through college at The University Of New Mexico, where she studied kinesiology and exercise science and obtained a masters in sports administration from Louisiana State University.
Rachel concentrated on strength and conditioning after that before becoming an intern for several teams including the Saint Louis Cardinals, Arizona State, and the Chicago White Sox.
Balkovec began her professional baseball career as the Cardinals’ minor league strength and conditioning co-ordinator. She went back to get a second master’s degree in biomechanics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to assume a hitting coach position, where she worked with Dillon Lawson, the team’s new major league hitting coach.
She was later hired as the Yankees’ minor league hitting instructor in 2019, alongside the coaching of Dillon Lawson, who is now their major league hitting coach.
Is Rachel Balkovec married?
According to the New York Times, Balkovec often received this inquiry since people assumed she was married to a baseball player and thus attended baseball conferences.
The former world number one has spoken about her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated profession. She claims that she was turned down for jobs at numerous teams because of her gender, prompting her to alter her name from Rachel to Rae on applications. She received more responses after that, but when they heard her voice, the process stopped.
Balkovec appears to be unmarried or in a relationship. Haq Express claims she is coupled, but there’s no proof of this. It’s possible that she prefers to keep her personal life private.
What is Balkovec’s salary?
According to Baseball America, minor league managers who operate on one-year deals with the parent company generally make between $20,000 and $60,000.
The salary is determined by the manager’s level and experience, but because it was 12 years ago, we predict that the range has probably increased.