The Miami Marlins have made history today by hiring Kim Ng to be the 6th general manager in team history. Ng comes into the job with 30+ years of experience having been a part of the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and then spent the last nine years in the commissioner’s office of Major League Baseball.
She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in public policy while being a member of the Maroons softball team for all four years. While in college, she was an intern with the White Sox, who promptly hired her in 1991 post-graduation, before her final position with the organization as an assistant director of baseball operations. In 1998 when she left the White Sox to join the Yankees, she became the youngest assistant general manager in the game at the time, at 29 years old. She is only one of four women to ever be assistant GMs in baseball. One of the biggest moves she made while in the Bronx was helping the Yankees resign then shortstop Derek Jeter to a 10 year, $189 million contract.
She left the Yankees after 2001 and joined the Dodgers, as the assistant general manager and vice president. In 2011, she left the Dodgers to join Major League Baseball as the Senior Vice President. She is the second woman to ever be named a GM of a North American sports team after Jo-Anne Polak was the general manager of the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League from 1989-1991.
Kim Ng is also the second person of Asian descent to be a MLB GM after former Dodgers GM and current San Francisco Giants president of baseball ops Farhan Zaidi.
Marlins CEO Derek Jeter released a statement saying, “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.”
Ng herself said, “I was fortunate enough to have strong, independent women in my life when I was growing up…The least I can is pay that forward….. We are building for the long term in South Florida.”
Ng replaces Michael Hill in the GM’s chair, who held the position since the end of the 2013 season. She comes into a team that finished this past season 31-29, making it to the second round of the playoffs before getting swept by the Atlanta Braves. According to MLB.com, she will work in conjunction with Jeter, vice president of baseball ops and scouting Gary Denbo as well as the rest of the scouting and player development staff.