Tech boom, MLB programs helping women find jobs in baseball

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Chicago Cubs minor league hitting coach Rachel Folden hits infield ground balls at the Cubs spring trainng facility in Mesa, Ariz., Feb. 5, 2020. Folden figured something out early on during her first spring training with the Chicago Cubs — long before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out team activities. None of the players care all that much that one of their coaches is a woman. (John Antonoff/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Rachel Folden was in the middle of her first spring training with the Chicago Cubs when the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the team schedule.

She was hired as Chicago’s lead hitting lab tech and the fourth coach for rookie-level Mesa.

She says the players have been treating her just like any other coach. Folden is one of a handful of women who were hired for coaching jobs over the winter.

Major League Baseball is hoping it’s a sign that some of its diversity programs are working. Baseball’s increasing reliance on technology also is creating more opportunities for women.

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