The Boston Red Sox made an official announcement on Monday that they hired Bianca Smith, 29, to be a minor league coach. Smith becomes the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball in the history of MLB.
Whereas, Boston Red Sox’s Bianca Smith is excited to be MLB’s first Black professional female coach. Smith will be support in the team’s player development complex in Fort Meyers, Florida. She told MLB Network on Monday that,
“I am still wrapping her head around the opportunity. I think it’s a great opportunity also to just inspire other women who are interested in this game,” she said. “This is not something I thought about when I was younger and I kind of fell into it being an athlete, so I’m excited to get that chance to show what I can do.”
In March, Smith will be breaking barriers on the field and she will embark on her new role as a Red Sox minor league coach, flattering the first Black woman to serve as an on-field coach in major league history of MLB. On Thursday, after the official announcement by MLB network she expressed her excitement as,
“I didn’t consider myself a role model before this. It’s still kind of weird to think that, to be honest. That wasn’t really my intention when I took the job. But I’m happy if my story can inspire other women, other women of color, other people of color, or really anybody. I don’t want to put limits on it. If anybody is inspired by the story, then even better.”
Smith revealed that she didn’t grow up in a baseball family. She got her love and inspiration of baseball from her mother, who introduced her to the game at around 2 or 3 years old and a little help from some 1990s baseball movies. Furthermore, Smith also revealed that, she kind of studied baseball on my own and learned the strategies which was probably one of my favorite parts, was that she could follow the game strategy watching game without having to actually play.
Smith started off by playing softball and baseball at Dartmouth College for two years, where she also served several roles for the baseball program before graduating in 2012.
At Case Western Reserve, while pursuing a sports management and sports law degree, Smith also volunteered as the director team of baseball operations and later on, worked as an unpaid graduate assistant. Later on, in 2017 she worked as a baseball internee at Texas Rangers, Major League Baseball in 2018 and then in 2019 she continued to work as an internee at Cincinnati Reds organizations.
Smith also served at Carroll University in Wisconsin where she served as an assistant coach and hitting coordinator and then became assistant athletic in charge of compliance Division III Carroll in Wisconsin, where she also became the school’s striking coordinator.
In the last spell of 2020, Red Sox reached out her to be MLB’s first female GM. During an interview with MLB network, she stated that,
“It is kind of representation. I’ve never seen another Black woman coaching, especially in baseball, so it just never crossed my mind that that might be an opportunity. I don’t regret the atypical path that got her to get to that point. It took me a while to finally just accept, you know, ignore the expectations, do what I want to do, do what I’m interested in,” she said. “I want to be a manager. I don’t see that changing anytime soon… I want to learn as much as I can and get to that role.”