Miami— The Miami Marlins reached an agreement with Rachel Balkovecmanager of a minor league team in the New York Yankeesto take over as its director of player development, reported a person familiar with the negotiation.
The person confirmed to The Associated Press a report of MLB.com on the hiring of Balkovec. The source asked not to be identified because the team has not announced the hiring.
Balkovec completed his second season as manager of Tampa’s Class A affiliate last September. She debuted with the team in April 2022 and achieved a victory by becoming the first woman to manage a minor league branch.
Prior to that, Balkovec was the first full-time female conditioning coach and then the first hitting coach in the minors with the Yankees.
A softball player at Creighton and New Mexico Universities, Balkovec had her first job with a professional baseball organization with the St. Louis Cardinals as a fitness coach in 2012.
In 2016, Balkovec joined the Houston Astroshired as physical conditioning coordinator for Latin America and later in the same role with the Double A team in Corpus Christi.
He came to the Yankees as a hitting coach in the minor leagues starting in 2019.
The Marlins have made several changes to their offices after the end of the 2023 campaign.
A month after the departure of general manager Kim Ng, who led the organization for three seasons, the Marlins hired former Rays general manager Peter Bendix as the new president of baseball operations. Ng was the first woman manager in Major League Baseball.
Bendix hired Gabe Kapler, former pilot of the San Francisco Giantsas assistant manager.