Major League Baseball welcomed its first woman general manager with Kim Ng stepping into the role for the Miami Marlins.
“I entered Major League Baseball as an intern and, after decades of determination, it is the honor of my career to lead the Miami Marlins as their next general Manager,” Ng said in a statement.
In MLB’s 117-year history, Ng’s hiring is worth recognizing. As general manager, she becomes the highest ranking woman in baseball across 30 different teams. Following Giants Director of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi, Ng is the second person ever of Asian descent to lead an MLB team.
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Ng has been working in the MLB longer than the Marlins have even been a team. She is supported by over 30 years of experience with the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and the MLB commissioner’s office. Her record boasts eight postseason appearances, six league championship series and three world series championships.
“We are building for the long-term in South Florida, developing a forward-thinking, collaborative, creative baseball operation made up of incredibly talented and dedicated staff who have, over the last few years, laid a great foundation for success,” Ng said. “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.”
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It is believed Ng is the first woman ever to hold the general manager position for any men’s professional sports teams in North America. The Athletic’s Lindsay Adler put it into perspective: “This is all women in baseball want. To be seen for Doing The Work. We know we have to work harder. Mostly, that’s OK.”
In August, the MLB earned a C letter grade for gender hiring practices on its 2020 Racial and Gender Report Card, a yearly assessment by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.
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