Kim Ng Becomes the First Woman, First Asian American GM in MLB

"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."

Kim Ng was named the new general manager of the Miami Marlins, becoming the first woman and first Asian American GM in the MLB.

Started as an intern: Ng, now 51, has 30 years of experience in the MLB with the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the MLB Commissioner’s Office beginning in 1990, according to ESPN.

  • Ng, a native of Queens, was previously MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations for the last nine years.
  • She has helped manage teams in six League Championship Series and three World Series Championships.
  • Ng is now the highest-ranking woman in MLB’s baseball operations among 30 teams.
  • She is reportedly the first woman hired to the GM position by any professional men’s sports teams in North America, according to The Guardian.
  • Ng began as an intern working in the front office for the Chicago White Sox.
  • Ng was named one of The Most Powerful Women in U.S. Sports by Forbes.
  • On Friday, Ng provided a statement:

“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. 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. 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. My goal is now to bring Championship baseball to Miami. I am both humbled and eager to continue building the winning culture our fans expect and deserve.”

 

  •  Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, who played when Ng worked for the team, said in a statement:

“On behalf of Principal Owner Bruce Sherman and our entire ownership group, we look forward to Kim bringing a wealth of knowledge and championship-level experience to the Miami Marlins,”. “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.”

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