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Rachel Balkovec To Manage First Game With Class A Tampa

Apr 8, 2022, 12:21 PM

DENVER, CO - JULY 11: Coach Rachel Balkovec tips her hat as she is announced as a coach before a ga...

DENVER, CO - JULY 11: Coach Rachel Balkovec tips her hat as she is announced as a coach before a game between the National League Futures Team and the American League Futures Team at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Looking back on her journey before her first game with Class A Tampa, Rachel Balkovec reflected on the discrimination she experienced before becoming the first woman to manage a minor league affiliate of a major league team.

The 34-year-old Balkovec held a pregame media session at Steinbrenner Field before the New York Yankees’ minor league affiliate worked out ahead of its 40-mile bus ride for its Low-A Southeast opener at the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

The Yankees announced her hiring as a minor league manager in January.

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Rachel Balkovec To Manage First Game With Class A Tampa