By Haydn Clingham
This past Monday Bianca Smith was hired by the Boston Red Sox as a minor league coach. This makes her the first-ever black female coach in MLB history. She will begin work this offseason at Boston’s player development facility in Fort Myers, Florida, and will work mainly with position players from the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.
The last year has been massive for women breaking into professional Baseball. Kim Ng with the Marlins became the first female general manager in November, and Alyssa Nakken with the Giants became the first woman to coach from on the field when she filled in as the first base coach in the Giant’s 6-2 win over the Athletics in June.
“The opportunity is amazing. I’m still wrapping my head around it. I probably won’t really have it sink in until I’m actually there.” said Smith in a recent interview with MLB network, “I think it’s a great opportunity also to kind of inspire other women who are interested in this game. This is not really something I thought about it when I was younger. I kind of fell into it being an athlete. So I’m excited to get that chance to show what I can do.”
Smith played softball at Dartmouth, and before her hiring by the Red Sox was an assistant coach at Carroll University and the University of Dallas respectively. She was also the director of baseball relations at Case Western Reserve University and even interned for both the Rangers and Reds. This is a major step in the right direction for all women in sports.