Jan. 5 (UPI) — The Boston Red Sox have hired Bianca Smith as a Minor League coach, and she will be the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball history.
Boston announced the hire Monday. Smith, 29, now works as the assistant coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis.
“The opportunity is amazing,” Smith said Monday on MLB Network. “I’m still wrapping my head around it. I probably won’t really have it sink in until I’m actually there.
“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.”
“I think it’s a great opportunity to inspire other women that are interested in this game.”