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Smith bringing singular focus, drive to Red Sox

29-year-old becomes pro baseball’s first Black female coach
January 11, 2021

There's no exact road map to the Major Leagues. But, in baseball, those who do the work often benefit. Bianca Smith did the work. And then she worked some more. It's paid off. Last week, the Red Sox announced the 29-year-old will become the first Black woman to hold a

Virtual roundtable: Female leaders in MiLB

Front office executives reflect on their careers, state of the industry
@Kelsie_Heneghan
November 25, 2020

Earlier this month, the Miami Marlins named Kim Ng the first female general manager in the Major Leagues, joining a growing list of inspiring executives in affiliated baseball. In the wake of that historic news, six senior leaders from Minor League clubs came together virtually to exchange stories, celebrate Ng’s

Black Broadcaster Grant finds an audience  

Detailing the rapid growth of a game-changing diversity effort
@BensBiz
October 27, 2020

Five months ago, the Black Play-By-Play Broadcaster Grant was little more than an idea. Heading into November, it is now a full-fledged and rapidly expanding initiative poised to have a tangible impact on the racial makeup of broadcast booths across America. Established by Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders broadcaster Adam Giardino, the

Showcasing contributions of Hispanic community

Hispanic Star aims to become a symbol of empowerment, pride
October 15, 2020

Más Allá del Diamante is a content series designed to spotlight and embrace the people, programs, culture and stories that champion Copa de la Diversión’s community impact and further advance Minor League Baseball’s continuous efforts to diversify the game and business of baseball. To close out the Hispanic Heritage Month

¡Pleibol! to highlight MiLB's community engagement

Smithsonian exhibit exploring impact of Latinas/os on American culture and the sport of baseball
October 9, 2020

Más Allá del Diamante is a content series designed to spotlight and embrace the people, programs, culture and stories that champion Copa de la Diversión’s community impact and further advance Minor League Baseball’s continuous efforts to diversify the game and business of baseball. As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month

Erie's Aguirre celebrates his roots through Copa

'Piñatas' represent youthful dreams of Mexican-American owner
@JoshJacksonMiLB
October 5, 2020

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Lunes de Legacy, presented by Nationwide, shines a spotlight on Hispanic, Latino, Latina and Latinx stories throughout MiLB of those who have forged an impressive path and left a legacy in their wake. These individuals have inspired a new generation, currently writing their own

Hispanic, Latino/a, Latinx leaders share lessons

Vazquez, Yzaguirre, Richardson discuss identity in baseball
October 2, 2020

During Minor League Baseball’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and #ForTheLoveOfBéisbol from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Más Allá del Diamante will feature a Hispanic, Latino, Latina and Latinx leader from an MiLB community. In this edition, we visit with Daniel Vazquez, assistant general manager for the Inland Empire 66ers

Kannapolis' Quiroz continues path as baseball lifer

Venezuela native brings unique experience to first managerial role
September 28, 2020

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Lunes de Legacy, presented by Nationwide, shines a spotlight on Hispanic, Latino, Latina and Latinx stories throughout MiLB of those who have forged an impressive path and left a legacy in their wake. These individuals have inspired a new generation, currently writing their own

Fresno's Young motivated to empower others

Latina leader knows 'there's space for us' in sports industry
September 25, 2020

During Minor League Baseball’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and #ForTheLoveOfBéisbol from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Más Allá del Diamante will feature a Hispanic, Latino, Latina and Latinxs leader from an MiLB community. In this edition, we visit with Jazzmine Young, partnership services manager for the Fresno Grizzlies (Fresno

El Paso's Rodriguez a model of success, inspiration

Manager has led teams in Minors, Majors, World Baseball Classic
September 21, 2020

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Lunes de Legacy, presented by Nationwide, shines a spotlight on Hispanic, Latino, Latina and Latinx stories throughout MiLB of those who have forged an impressive path and left a legacy in their wake. These individuals have inspired a new generation, currently writing their own

From 'pure luck' to Latina leader

How Modesto's Hernández became a Minor League role model
September 18, 2020

During Minor League Baseball’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and #ForTheLoveOfBéisbol from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, Más Allá del Diamante will feature a Hispanic, Latino, Latina or Latinx leader from a MiLB community. In this edition, we visit with Verónica Hernández, director of marketing and promotions for the Modesto

MiLB spawns more than future big leaguers

Diversity initiatives spur former interns to Emmy-winning success
@MavalloneMiLB
September 4, 2020

Minor League Baseball graduates more than just athletes. Since MiLB's Fostering Inclusion Through Education and Leadership Development (FIELD) Program took flight in 2016 to "engage the next generation of diverse leaders in sports business," it's done that and then some -- placing dozens of college students and graduates in positions

Multi-focused Montgomery earns industry honor

Director of diversity and inclusion recognized as Game Changer
@JoshJacksonMiLB
August 24, 2020

For the last few years, Belicia Montgomery has been working to improve the lay of the land in Minor League Baseball and beyond. On Monday, she was recognized for her vision and imprint by the Sports Business Journal as part of its 10th annual class of Game Changers, recognizing women

MiLB takes pride in outreach to LGBTQ+ fans

Changing circumstances lead to creative activations in 2020
July 1, 2020

After a successful launch and first year for MiLB Pride in 2019, Minor League Baseball and its teams were eager to continue the momentum in year two. While the way MiLB Pride has been celebrated has looked a little different than expected this year, MiLB continues to embrace its fans

Whitecaps trainer Derby advocates for acceptance

LGBTQ+ advisory rep passionate about job, changing the narrative
@katiejwoo
June 17, 2020

If there's one thing Cody Derby is confident about, it's his innate ability to help others. The former college baseball player is an athletic trainer for the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. He's also a regional representative on the LGBTQ+ advisory committee of the

Taking a look at the impact of ¡Adiós Lupus!

MiLB, Lupus Foundation join forces to raise lupus awareness
May 15, 2020

In 2018, Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB) and its Copa de la Diversión® (Fun Cup™) initiative began a partnership with the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) to develop the ¡Adiós Lupus! campaign, an in-ballpark and digital campaign designed to raise awareness of lupus among Hispanic communities and the entire MiLB fan

Love and legacy: Father-son radio duo

Rodriguez team brings Yard Goats baseball to Latino community
May 1, 2020

The father-and-son duo of Danny and Derik Rodriguez, Spanish broadcasters for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats, can be found calling games from the Dunkin' Donuts Park press box during the team's home games.Danny, who was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, moved to the United States with his family during his

Whitecaps use Copa de la Diversión to connect

West Michigan forging closer ties with its sister city in Mexico
April 3, 2020

¡Ser un fan! is a content series designed to spotlight and embrace the people, programs, culture and stories that champion Copa de la Diversión's community impact and further advance Minor League Baseball's continuous efforts to diversify the game and business of baseball.Since the Class A West Michigan Whitecaps' inaugural season

Female Voices event came through loud and clear

Women broadcasters of Minors speak up at charitable gathering
March 12, 2020

Last Saturday, a group of five people who are used to establishing "firsts" established one they especially enjoyed -- the first time all of them were in the same place at the same time.Collectively, broadcasters Emma Tiedemann, Melanie Newman, Jill Gearin, Kirsten Karbach and Maura Sheridan have made an enormous

Ambassadors for Change: Daytona Tortugas

Spotlighting the people and programs that champion MiLB diversity and inclusion
March 5, 2020

Minor League Baseball has placed diversity and inclusion at the forefront of its growth strategy. We strive to create an industry where all identities are represented, welcomed, valued and empowered to enhance our league's culture, creativity, innovation and comprehensive service to the communities we occupy. We strive to be the

Ambassadors for Change: Breon Dennis

Spotlighting the people and programs that champion MiLB diversity and inclusion
February 20, 2020

Minor League Baseball has placed diversity and inclusion at the forefront of its growth strategy. We strive to create an industry where all identities are represented, welcomed, valued and empowered to enhance our league's culture, creativity, innovation and comprehensive service to the communities we occupy. We strive to be the

MiLB joins Negro Leagues Centennial celebration

Celebration in conjunction with Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Josh Gibson Foundation
February 13, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) today announced its participation in the national celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of Negro Leagues baseball. In a joint effort between MiLB, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) and the Josh Gibson Foundation, MiLB will celebrate the impact of the Negro Leagues

Ambassadors for Change: Destiny Whitmore

Spotlighting the people and programs that champion diversity and inclusion in MiLB
February 12, 2020

Minor League Baseball has placed diversity and inclusion at the forefront of its growth strategy. We strive to create an industry where all identities are represented, welcomed, valued and empowered to enhance our league's culture, creativity, innovation and comprehensive service to the communities we occupy. We strive to be the

Ambassadors for Change: Belicia Montgomery

Spotlighting the people, programs and stories that champion diversity and inclusion in Minor League Baseball
February 10, 2020

Minor League Baseball has placed diversity and inclusion at the forefront of its growth strategy. We strive to create an industry where all identities are represented, welcomed, valued and empowered to enhance our league's culture, creativity, innovation and comprehensive service to the communities we occupy. We strive to be the

MiLB opens 2020 FIELD Program applications

Program prepares diverse students for front office roles in pro baseball
February 6, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) today announced that the application process for the 2020 FIELD (Fostering Inclusion through Education and Leadership Development) Program is now open. The program will take place from June 15-20 at Pirate City, the Pittsburgh Pirates™' Spring Training™ facility in Bradenton, Florida. The