Yankees’ Rachel Balkovec follows Boone’s footsteps, gets ejected

Rachel Balkovec is the manager of Yankees minor league team in Florida State League.

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TAMPA, Florida — Friday night marked the first ejection of the season for Rachel Balkovec, the manager of the New York Yankees’ affiliate in the Florida State League. Adding an intriguing twist to the story, Balkovec’s ejection came at the hands of a fellow female umpire.

It was a clash that had the familiar elements of a typical dispute between a minor league manager and an umpire. However, there was something extraordinary as both the umpire and manager were females.

Yankees’ Rachel Balkovec gets marching orders

In a moment that highlighted the evolving landscape of professional baseball, a disputed call at first base unfolded, shedding light on the changing times in the sport. During a game between the Class A Tampa Tarpons and the Daytona Tortugas, a Cincinnati Reds affiliate, with the Tarpons trailing 1-0 in the eighth inning, Rachel Balkovec, the manager, believed that the Daytona first baseman’s foot had left the bag on a double play.

Rachel Balkovec is the manager of Yankees minor league team in Florida State League.

In a spirited display of disagreement, Balkovec passionately contested the out call and found herself ejected from the game by field umpire Isabella Robb. The incident unfolded before a crowd of 791 spectators at George M. Steinbrenner Field. In the lower minor leagues, games are typically officiated by only two umpires, with one stationed behind the plate and the other patrolling the field. Shortly after Balkovec’s ejection, the Tampa team rallied in an impressive fashion, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure a thrilling 4-3 victory.

Rachel Balkovec is the manager of Yankees minor league team in Florida State League.

Rachel Balkovec’s fast rise

Approaching her 36th birthday next week, Balkovec is currently in her second season as the manager of the Tarpons. Making significant strides in her career, she achieved a groundbreaking milestone last year by becoming the first woman to hold the position of full-time manager for a minor league affiliate of a Major League Baseball team. Her trailblazing presence in the baseball world continues to inspire and pave the way for future generations of women in the sport.

Rachel Balkovec is the manager of Yankees minor league team in Florida State League.

In July 2022, she became the first female manager to be ejected in a pro ballgame. That also came after an argument with an umpire.

Rachel Balkovec is the manager of Yankees minor league team in Florida State League.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has already been ejected four times this season after arguing with umpires during games. In total, the Yankees manager has been ejected a notable 30 times throughout his tenure as the Yankees’ manager spanning over five seasons.

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21 thoughts on “Yankees’ Rachel Balkovec follows Boone’s footsteps, gets ejected

  1. Luv it! Part of Baseball! And…let’s face it, history has given us Billy Martin…not to mention a very sweet Yankees way to win too!

    1. Philip Notto, the fact that you called her a “broad” says it all. If you knew anything about her, why she was selected for the job or literally anything relating to her qualifications this comment wouldn’t seem so ridiculous. Rachel could probably teach you a lot about the Yankees, baseball, the players, franchise and coaching I have no doubt! 💙⚾️

    2. Obviously ur still child minded some of these females are better than men and gender has nothing to do with talent skill and determination so u sound childish and immature thank u for ur opinion tho

    3. I know women that are more knowledgable about baseball than most men. Just because they are women doesn’t mean they can’t know baseball. They are just as intelligent as men. Personally i believe a woman could make a great manager. I hope one day they are female managers and umpires in the major leagues.

  2. Doesn’t really matter if the manager is a man or a woman, umpires consistently make awful calls whether from behind the plate or in play and their go to response if you disagree with them is to eject you. It’s a retaliatory reaction to show their arrogance and authority, they’re conduct is comparable to a tyrannical cop that has their actions questioned. America’s favorite past time being turned into a display of spiteful feelings by people who are supposed to call a game instead of using their position to determine the outcome.

  3. WOW!!! That’s what you have for a comment? “What the hell does a BROAD know about baseball let alone managing men”?! That just shows how ignorant you are about life! Time to step out of your little bubble. Way to go Rachael Balkovec. Her last name alone has the word balk in it so maybe that shows you how much one “BROAD” knows?!

  4. She earned her managerial position in a world where women’s rights are being taken away. I wish her the best to show that she has the right stuff.

    1. Hey Arturo, please list what women’s rights have been “taken away.” And don’t list abortion as it’s not a “right”and it’s legally available all over the country just like “legal cannabis.”

  5. This is getting crazy with all kinds of managers always gettin eject In the roundabout way that all filters down to why there is a shortage of Umpires. questioning balls and strikes and questioning judgment calls I assume the robots will be better and more ejection lol

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