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First and Black: Bianca Smith's path from constructing rosters to coaching them

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In spring 2018, the man in charge of growing MLB’s pool of minority job candidates became concerned about one of his star pupils.

He didn't understand why the interviews he arranged for her weren’t resulting in job offers.

To Tyrone Brooks, Bianca Smith epitomized the type of person his program existed to help. In college, Smith set the ambitious goal of one day running a Major League front office. Ever since she had worked tirelessly to break into a sector of the sport long dominated by white men.

After graduating from Dartmouth in 2012, Smith earned a J.