Yankees hire first female hitting coach in baseball history


Having worked extensively with Driveline Baseball, a date-driven performance center in Washington, Rachel Balkovic has made an art of tracking the eyes of hitters and their subsequent hip movement based on different types of pitches thrown. It’s something she intends to bring to the Yankees.

The Yankees, as an organization, are trendsetters. The first AL club to add pinstripes in 1915 (they briefly wore them in 1912), the Yanks also became the originator of making digits permanent on the back of jerseys in 1929. Cleveland used numbers on the left sleeve of the home jerseys in 1916.

While the Yanks still hold their no facial hair policy in high regard (except for a neatly trimmed mustache that doesn’t extend past the corner of the lips), and have yet to introduce a third jersey, to be worn during the regular season, the Yankees have evolved with the times.

Fast-froward to the end of 2019, and the Bombers have hired, what is believed to be the first female hitting coach in Major League Baseball history.

Rachel Balkovic, 32, will serve as a roving hitting instructor based out of the organization’s minor league facility in Tampa, FLA. However, according to Yankees director of…

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