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Red Sox to hire Bianca Smith, MLB’s first Black female coach


#Chris #Bumbaca

| USA TODAY

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The last #Major #League #Baseball team to integrate its roster decades ago has broken a different racial barrier.

#According to the #Boston #Globe, the #Boston #Red #Sox are hiring #Bianca #Smith as a minor league coach. #She will become the first #Black female coach in professional baseball.

#Smith played softball at #Dartmouth from 2010-12 and spent four years as the director of baseball operations and a graduate assistant at #Case #Western #Reserve #University (#Ohio) for four years. #In 2018, she served as the assistant coach at the #University of #Dallas and spent the 2019 season as the assistant coach/hitting coordinator at #Carroll #University in #Wisconsin.

#At the major league level, #Smith was a baseball operations intern with the #Texas #Rangers in 2017 and has also previously worked in amateur administration at the league office (2018) before interning in the #Cincinnati #Reds baseball operations department (2019).

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#Red #Sox vice president of player development #Ben #Crockett helped spearhead the hire, the #Globe reported.

“She was a great candidate coming in,” he told the paper. “She’s had some really interesting experiences and has been passionate about growing her skill set and development herself.”

#Smith is expected to primarily instruct minor leaguers at the team’s complex in #Fort #Myers, #Florida, per the #Globe. #Her hiring will become official in #January.

#She’ll join a growing number of female professional baseball coaches, which has included the hires of #Rachel #Balkovec (#New #York #Yankees), #Rachel #Folden (#Chicago #Cubs), and #Christina #Whitlock (#St. #Louis #Cardinals) in recent years. #And this past season, #Alyssa #Nakken became the first on-field female coach in MLB with the #San #Francisco #Giants.

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#After #Jackie #Robinson broke MLB’s color barrier in 1947 with the #Brooklyn #Dodgers, the #Red #Sox — under owner #Tom #Yawkey — were the last pre-expansion organization to employ a #Black player, waiting until 1959 when the club signed #Elijah “#Pumpsie” #Green.

#As one step in confronting its missteps regarding past mistakes, MLB announced in mid-December that the league would recognize the statistics from the #Negro #Leagues’ as part of the game’s official history.

#Follow #Chris #Bumbaca on #Twitter @BOOMbaca.





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