Red Sox hire 1st Black woman to be pro coach

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The Boston Red Sox announced Monday that they hired Bianca Smith, 29, to be a minor league coach.

Smith becomes the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball.

Smith has worked as the assistant coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University in Wisconsin since 2018. With the Red Sox, she will be based at the team’s player development facility in Fort Myers, Florida, working primarily with position players.

“The opportunity is amazing,” Smith said Monday during an interview with MLB Network. “I’m still wrapping my head around it. I probably won’t really have it sink in until I’m actually there.”

Bianca Smith will be joining the #RedSox organization this season, making her the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball history.

— Red Sox (@RedSox) January 5, 2021

Previously, Smith worked as director of baseball operations at Case Western Reserve University from 2013 to ’17, and as an assistant coach at the University of Dallas in 2018. She also had internships with the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds, in their baseball operations departments.

“I think it’s a great opportunity also to kind of inspire other women who are interested in this game,”

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