Red Sox makes history, hires Katie Krall as minor league coach

The Boston Red Sox made history this week after they hired Katie Krall on their minor league coaching staff.

Earlier in the week, the New York Yankees announced that they had hired Rachel Balkovec as manager of the Tampa Bay Tarpons, the organization’s Low-A arm. With this, Baklovec has become The first female manager in the professional baseball team under. That wasn’t the only news that made headlines in the AL East area.

The Boston Red Sox recently hired Katie Krall as the development coach for the Double-A Portland Seadogs. With Krall and Bianca Smith (hit/off-court coach), the Red Sox are now the first organization in affiliated baseball to have two women on their coaching staff.

Red Sox hires Katie Krall as development coach

By Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, Krall will “help integrate technology and information into the field work” with the team.

Krall previously worked for the Cincinnati Reds as a baseball performance analyst for the past two seasons. Prior to that, Krall worked in the Commissioner’s Office.

Last year, Smith was hired as a hitting and off-court coach for the Red Sox, making her the first Black woman to be hired as a coach on the affiliated baseball team. Smith previously worked as an intern in baseball operations rooms with the Texas Rangers and Reds.

Per Speier, Smith is being promoted to a full-time coach role this year at Boston’s facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Red Sox makes history, hires Katie Krall as minor league coach

James Brien

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