ENCORE- Conversations about Coaching with Yankees minor league manager Rachel Balkovec
This is an encore edition of an interview we did last January.
On Monday, the Yankees named Rachel Balkovec as the manager of the Class-A Tampa Tarpons minor league baseball team. She is the first woman to manage a minor league baseball team.
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast from January 2021, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) was joined by Rachel (@_rachelbalkovec), who was in Australia working as a coach with the Sydney Blue Sox.
Rachel talks about how she came to be coaching in Australia (1:46 ). She then addresses the progress that women have made in baseball and other sports and the challenges women face in light of the Mets firing of their GM (5:24 ).
Rachel also talks about the way she connects with players (11:21 ), the hardest thing to coach athletes on (13:36 ), and what she studied when she worked with Driveline (14:51 ). She also speaks about her favorite mentoring story (20:43 ) and provides perspective on how she viewed 2020 (25:12 ).