Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Report: Red Sox hiring Bianca Smith as minor league coach, making her first Black woman to coach in pro baseball history

Lost in the New Year's Eve shuffle reports that the Boston Redox is making history by hiring the first black women to coach in pro baseball history.

Late in 2020, the Miami Marlins made some history by hiring the first-ever women GM Kim Ng, now the Boston Red Sox’s are making their own history and are reportedly hiring the the first black women to coach in Pro Baseball History.

According to reports by the Boston Globe, the Red Sox’s are planning on hiring the first black woman to coach in pro history: Bianca Smith. According to the Boston Globe, “Smith, 29, will work with the minor league players in Fort Myers, Fla., and her focus will mainly involve position players, a team official said.” 

In a statement, Red Sox vice president of player development Ben Crockett said to the Boston Globe: “She was a great candidate coming in… She’s had some really interesting experiences and has been passionate about growing her skill set and development herself.”

Smith has Major League Baseball experience going back to 2017 in two organizations. Smith worked for the Texas Rangers in their baseball operations department and spent time interning with the Cincinnati Reds baseball department. Currently, Smith serves as the assistant baseball coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University in Wisconsin. 

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Smith played softball at Dartmouth in 2011 and 2012, has interned with the Rangers and Reds and received a dual Master’s degree in sports law and sports management from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. In Aug. 2019, she joined Carroll in a dual administrative/coaching role after spending the summer as a baseball operations intern with the Reds.

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The Red Sox have yet to confirm the report; we will update the story as soon as additional information and quotes are available. 

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