Kim Ng becomes baseball’s first female G.M. after 30 years in the business

by Jenny Mount · Nov 13th, 2020 4:16 pm

Last Updated Nov 14th, 2020 at 7:18 pm

The Miami Marlins has hired baseball's first female general manager, Kim Ng, who has been viewed for a long time as the person who would break baseball's glass ceiling.

Ng has worked her way up during her over 30-year career in baseball management. Before becoming the first woman to be named general manager of a major-league baseball team on Friday, Ng was serving as Major League Baseball's senior vice president of baseball operations. Preceding that role, she was assistant general manager for both the Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"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.

Ng's new title also makes her the first Asian-American general manager and the first woman general manager for any major men's professional sports league in North America.

"This challenge is one I don't take lightly. 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," Ng said about her goal to bring championship baseball back to South Florida.

Ng began her baseball career as an intern for the Chicago White Sox in 1990, and, by 1995, had worked her way up to being the team's assistant director of baseball operations. She then went to work for the American League in 1997 and joined the Yankees as the youngest assistant general manager in the majors just one year later.

In 2001, Ng joined the Dodgers as Ned Colletti's top assistant. She then took on her role with the league in 2011 where she led international baseball operations, setting policy for signing players from other countries.

Derek Jeter, chief executive of the Miami Marlins, hired Ng.

"Her leadership of our baseball operations team will play a major role on our path toward sustained success," Jeter said. "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."

Ng is taking over for Michael Hill, who was not retained for the 2021 season.


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