- Rachel Balkovec was leading the Tampa Tarpons, the Yankees’ Single-A affiliate
- Balkovec formerly worked as a conditioning coach with St Louis and Houston
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The Miami Marlins have hired trailblazer Rachel Balkovec as their farm director, according to reports.
Balkovec, 36, is a history maker – she became the first woman to manage an affiliated minor league team.
For the past two years, Balkovec led the New York Yankees‘ Single-A affiliate, the Tampa Tarpons, amassing a 122-136 record.
She now takes on the role of director of player development with the Marlins. Typically, farm directors oversee more than 150 players as well as dozens of managers and coaches.
Before starting her professional baseball career in 2012, Balkovec was a catcher for Creighton University’s softball team before transferring to the University of New Mexico.
The Marlins have hired Rachel Balkovec as their farm director in charge of player development
Balkovec formerly led the New York Yankees ‘ Single-A affiliate, the Tampa Tarpons
Balkovec also worked as a strength and conditioning coach for Houston and St. Louis
Balkovec also made history when she became the first woman to serve as a full-time hitting coach witin an MLB organization – she worked with the Yankees Florida Complex League team.
Balkovec served as a strength and conditioning coach for St. Louis and Houston before joining the Yankees as a hitting coach. She would eventually move up to a managerial position.
Balkovec is the latest hire made by new Marlins general manager Peter Bendix. Bendix’s predecessor, Kim Ng, was the first female general manager in Major League Baseball. Ng left the team last year following an unexpected playoff appearance.
Balkovec has previously hinted that she, too, aspires to be a general manager in the future.