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Yankees barrier breaker Rachel Balcobeck looks back on the "difficult" start of career management

Rachel Balkovec's first season as a manager had ups and downs.

The Yankees' Low-A affiliate, Tampaterpons, finished the first half with the worst mark in the Florida State League, 27-39. It happened after she suffered a horrific, whimsical injury in spring training and delayed her historic start when she was hither face with a hit ball during a batting drill.

Tampa entered Wednesday 7-3 on the second half of the schedule.

"As expected, it was difficult," pioneering Balkovectold "Whenever someone asks that question, I think the stereotyped answer is," Oh, that was great. " But it was a learning process for me.

"Obviously I have a lot of support from the Yankees and thankfully a lot of support from the players. These are the people I had last year and their Having respect is obviously a lot of help. I'm learning a lot of new things. It's never comfortable, but it's not what I really want. It was just a learning experience.

Rachel Balkovec managing the Tampa Tarpons on April 12, 2022.
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According to Barcobeck, this journey is "for her growth." It was "huge". She hopes to draw her path to becoming general manager one day.

"It was what I wanted to have this perspective and a broader perspective," she said. "And I'm glad I'm playing this role because I can have different types of conversations. Moving from strength & conditioning to hitting, more about organizational movements, players, trades, etc. I'm having a conversation.

Rachel Balkovec during a simulated game at Yankees spring training on Feb. 22, 2022.
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"Now as a manager , You're listening to those conversations even more, so I'm a generalist and that's what I like, but it's good enough to zoom out. This is the most zoomed out and all the big picture. It's a role in the field to understand. It was tremendous for my own personal growth. "