New York Yankees' Rachel Balkovec reveals her motivational methods



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New York Yankees' Rachel Balkovec reveals her motivational methods

Rachel Balkovec made history when she became the first woman to manage an MLB-affiliated team and her approach to the players is certainly one of the reasons why she was given an opportunity to make baseball history. This past offseason, the Yankees named Balkovec the Single-A Tampa Tarpons' skipper.

Balkovec had success in her role as she coached the Yankees' Class A Tampa Tarpons to a 9-6 victory over Lakeland. In a Q&A with The Post, Balkovec was asked to explain her methods of motivating players. "By loving them.

By letting them know that they have a role, they have a position, whether they’re playing every day or they’re not playing at all. And then at the same time, also creating high expectations, and letting them know that those high expectations are because we care about them.

Balkovec had her eyes set on making history

"When I was in fourth grade, I said I wanted to be the first female kicker in the NFL. I just always think back to that, it’s crazy that I said I wanted to be the first female to do something when I was like 10.

I was an avid athlete, avid softball player. What drove me at that time was being successful in sports, I would say, and then over time that obviously transitioned into a professional career," Balkovec explained. Balkovec isn't done making history as she is aiming to one day become a baseball manager.

"In general, I think that I want to be a head coach, and right now I’m obviously in a role where this is a lot of leadership responsibility, but I want all the pressure (laugh). So I want to be a head coach, and I think the GM of most baseball teams is somebody who makes maybe more decisions than the major league manager.

I’m also interested in the whole organization and not just one team, so just kind of having the bird’s-eye view I guess," Balkovec said.