The Boston Red Sox Just Hired Bianca Smith
Andrew Parker - January 6, 2021

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

History has been made and we’re so here for it! The Boston Red Sox just hired Bianca Smith, the first black woman to coach in Pro Baseball. The 29-year-old will be a minor-league coach and will begin in February in Fort Myers, Florida, focusing on position players. Smith played softball at Dartmouth College. Her current position is as an assistant baseball coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI, where she will stay for a little less than two months until her role with the Red Sox kicks off. She was the director of baseball operations at Case Western Reserve University from the summer of 2013 through the spring of 2017, and she previously held a short stint as an assistant coach at the University of Dallas in 2018.

 

“The opportunity is amazing,” Smith said in an interview with 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.” Smith continued, “This is not really something I thought about 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.” Watch her full comments ahead, where she discussed how she’s preparing for her new role. Congrats are definitely in order!

 

 

“As the hitting coordinator, I run all of our technology side for hitting at Carroll,” said Smith. “The number of different resources that the Red Sox have as far as tech goes, I’m really excited to get my hands on that and learning the different metrics and being able to dive deeper into what I currently have is pretty exciting.” Smith previously did internships in the baseball operations departments of the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds. The Red Sox are expected to make Smith available in a Zoom call with the media later this week.