Where EAST meets the Northwest
Kim Ng started her Major League Baseball (MLB) career as an intern, and three
decades later she’s still on the rise while shattering ceilings. Ng became MLB’s
highest-ranking woman in baseball operations when she was hired as general
manager of the Miami Marlins. She is believed to be the first female GM in the
four major North American professional sports leagues, the Marlins said.
Pictured is Kim Ng during with time with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
(Photo courtesy of the National Collegiate Athletic Association)
Kim Ng is seen during the 2002 Major League Baseball (MLB)
season at Dodger Stadium, in Los Angeles, California. (Larry Goren/Four Seam
Images via AP Images, File)
Los Angeles Dodgers then-assistant general manager Kim Ng walks through the
hotel lobby during the first day of the Major League Baseball annual general
managers meeting in Orlando, Florida, in this November 5, 2007 file photo. Ng
has become the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations in the major
leagues. She was hired Friday, November 13, 2020, as general manager of the
Miami Marlins. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Kim Ng. (Photo/mlb.com)
Miami Marlins hire Kim Ng as general manager
By Steven Wine
The Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) — Kim Ng started her Major League Baseball (MLB) career as an
intern, and three decades later she’s still on the rise while shattering
Ng became the majors’ highest-ranking woman in baseball operations when she
was hired Friday as general manager of the Miami Marlins. She is believed to be
the first female GM in the four major North American professional sports
leagues, the Marlins said.
"I think this is the most noteworthy day for baseball since Jackie Robinson
broke the color barrier in 1947," said Richard Lapchick, an expert on race and
gender in sports at the University of Central Florida.
Ng (pronounced Ang) won three World Series rings while spending 21 years in
the front offices of the Chicago White Sox (1990-1996), New York Yankees
(1998-2001), and Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-2011). She spent the past nine years
with MLB as a senior vice president.
"After decades of determination, it is the honor of my career to lead the
Miami Marlins," Ng said in a statement. "When I got into this business, it
seemed unlikely a woman would lead a major league team, but I am dogged in the
pursuit of my goals. My goal is now to bring championship baseball to Miami."
Marlins CEO Derek Jeter played for the Yankees when Ng worked for them.
"We look forward to Kim bringing a wealth of knowledge and championship-level
experience to the Miami Marlins," Jeter said in a statement. "Her leadership of
our baseball operations team will play a major role on our path toward sustained
success. Additionally, her extensive work in expanding youth baseball and
softball initiatives will enhance our efforts to grow the game among our local
youth as we continue to make a positive impact on the South Florida community."
Jeter became baseball’s first Black CEO after his group bought the Marlins in
2017. He then hired Caroline O’Connor, who as senior vice president is one of
the highest ranking women in professional sports.
Ng, 51, is also a groundbreaking Asian American. She joins at the top ranks
of her profession the San Francisco Giants’ president of baseball operations,
Farhan Zaidi. She becomes the fifth person to hold the Marlins’ top position in
baseball operations and succeeds Michael Hill, who was not retained after the
A virtual news conference for Ng is planned for Monday.
"All of us at Major League Baseball are thrilled for Kim and the opportunity
she has earned with the Marlins," baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a
statement. "Kim’s appointment makes history in all of professional sports and
sets a significant example for the millions of women and girls who love baseball
and softball. The hard work, leadership, and record of achievement throughout
her long career in the national pastime led to this outcome."
The Miami Dolphins’ Brian Flores, one of four head coaches of color in the
NFL, was among those to applaud Ng’s hiring.
"It’s phenomenal," Flores said. "Anyone who thinks a woman can’t manage or
coach or lead, I think, is silly. Kudos to the Marlins."
Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas offered Ng a virtual fist bump on Twitter.
"I am proud of the Marlins for this hiring," Rojas said in a statement. "It
is a special day."
Ng joins a long-suffering franchise that achieved surprising progress in Year
3 of Jeter’s rebuilding effort, reaching the playoffs for the first time since
2003 and sweeping the Chicago Cubs in the wild-card round. The Marlins were
swept by the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series.
Ng started her baseball career as a White Sox intern and rose to become
assistant director of baseball operations. She worked for the American League
for one year and then joined the Yankees, becoming the youngest assistant
general manager in MLB at age 29, and only the second woman to attain that
position with a major league club. She was the Dodgers’ vice president and
assistant general manager.
"It is wonderful seeing people accomplish their stated goals, and this has
been a dream of hers for as long as I’ve known her," Yankees general manager
Brian Cashman said in a statement. "She will provide the Marlins with vast
experience and institutional knowledge, along with a calm demeanor and an
amazing ability to connect with others."
In Ng’s most recent job with Major League Baseball, she directed
international baseball operations, working with the front offices of the major
league clubs and many other baseball leagues and entities around the world. She
led a team that set policy for and enforced international signing rules,
established MLB’s first system for registering international players for
signing, managed protocols for signing international players, and negotiated
agreements with international winter leagues.
Ng graduated from the University of Chicago, where she played softball and
earned a degree in public policy. Jean Afterman, who has been the Yankees’
assistant GM since succeeding Ng nearly 20 years ago, said her predecessor
possesses talents that are gender-blind.
"It is a tremendous achievement to be the first female GM in Major League
Baseball, and I hope young girls (and boys) take notice of this and further
understand that there are no limits to their dreams," Afterman said in a written
statement. "I congratulate the Marlins — that after a remarkable season, during
extraordinary times — they have broken a barrier that needed shattering."
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