Black woman breaks barrier as first MLB coach

The Red Sox have hired Bianca Smith as their new minor league coach, making her the first Black woman to coach in major league baseball. The Red Sox announced the decision Jan. 5, making baseball history.

The 29-year-old has a law degree and an MBA, along with a lifelong love for the game. Though she’s seen success as an athlete and a coach, her career is spotted with a few naysayers.

“Unfortunately, it is a little bit harder for women, because even though it’s changing in the game, there is still this idea that you need some kind of playing experience,” Smith said during an introductory call with press. She remembers a coach who dismissively said she’d be hired as a cook after graduating, and another who said her team would lose because of her — but these moments were overshadowed by overwhelming support from her players and staff.


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