Kim Ng named first female MLB general manager

Kim Ng named first female MLB general manager

On November 13, 2020, veteran front-office official Kim Ng breaks several glass ceilings simultaneously when she is named General Manager of the Miami Marlins. Ng is the first woman and first person of East Asian descent to lead a Major League Baseball front office, as well as the first female GM in the history of North American professional men’s sports.

Ng, the daughter of two Americans of Chinese descent, played softball at the University of Chicago and wrote her college thesis on the effects of Title IX. She has spent her entire career in Major League Baseball, beginning with an internship for the Chicago White Sox. After six years with the White Sox, she worked in the offices of the American League before the youngest assistant GM in the league in 1998, when she was hired by the New York Yankees. Her talent was widely discussed during her time with the Yankees, who won three World Series in her four years in New York. In 2000, Yankees superstar Derek Jeter presented her with a Women in Sports and Events Award. She soon moved on to become Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, where she spent nine years before moving to the MLB front office.

Between 2005 and 2020, Ng reportedly interviewed for at least five vacant GM positions and was often referred to as a “GM-in-waiting.” Nonetheless, she did not receive an offer, even as young and relatively unproven male executives like Theo Epstein received acclaim and lucrative jobs across the league. It was Jeter, now the chief executive and part-owner of the Marlins, who finally picked Ng to lead a team’s baseball operations. “There’s an adage, ‘You can’t be it if you can’t see it,’” Ng said at a press conference announcing her appointment. “I suggest to them, ‘Now you can see it.’”


Kim Ng: 5 Things To Know About 1st Female General Manager In Major League Baseball

First America gets our first female vice president in Kamala Harris, and now another woman has broken ground in a place where only men have presided. Kimberly Ng has been named the general manager of the Miami Marlins, making her the first female G.M. in Major League Baseball history. The team made the announcement on Nov. 13, praising Kim, 51, who has had a long career within MLB.

Marlins CEO and former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter praised Kim in his announcement. “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,” he said. We’ve got five tings to know about Kim.

Kim Ng is seen during the first day of Major League Baseball annual general managers meetings in Orlando, Fla in Nov. 2007. She was the LA Dodgers’ assistant GM at the time. Photo credit: AP Images.

1. Kim began her career in MLB as an intern. After graduating from the prestigious University of Chicago in 1990 where she played on the school’s women’s softball team, Kim took a job as an intern with the Chicago White Sox. A year later she was made a staff member with the team working as a special projects analyst and rose to the position of assistant director of baseball operations.

2. Kim became the youngest assistant G.M. in the Majors in 1998. New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman recruited her to come work under him when she was just 29-year-old. Three years later she joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as vice president and assistant general manager in 2001.

3. Kim was the first woman to ever interview for a G.M. position in MLB. When the position of Dodgers G.M became vacant in 2005, Kim interviewed for the job. Again she was a trailblazer, as no woman had been given that opportunity in any of the big four men’s professional sports leagues. While Ned Colletti was ultimately named G.M., he kept Kim on as his assistant. She went on to interview for the G.M. position at four other MLB teams, and eventually left the Dodgers to become Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball in 2011.

Then-Los Angeles Dodgers Assistant General Manager Kim Ng seen before a 2002 game.
Photo credit: AP Images.


Kim Ng Makes History as the First Female General Manager Hired in Major League Baseball

November 13, 2020, is a date that will forever remain etched in Major League Baseball history. On that date, the MLB team, Miami Marlins, named Kim Ng as its general manager.

One might say there is nothing extraordinary about that but Ng, in becoming the Marlins' general manager, became the first woman in the club's history and in the history of Major League Baseball to be a general manager.

Photo of Kim Ng pressing her phone | Photo: Youtube / Good Morning America

In making the announcement on its official Twitter page, Marlins shared a few images explaining some of Ng's historic feats with her emergence as general manager.

For one, she became the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations. Ng is also the first woman hired as a general manager by any professional men's sports teams.

New Marlins general manager Kim Ng worked for the Yankees from 1998 to 2000 as Brian Cashman’s assistant GM

In other words, the Yankees won the World Series every season she was in the building! pic.twitter.com/liCNeoq4ES

&mdash Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) November 13, 2020

Ng's new role is one she duly merits. She has over thirty years of experience as she entered MLB as an intern and has since then garnered eight postseason appearances, six league championships, and three world series championships.

Ng has worked with the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. She also served in Major League Baseball's Commissioner's Office.

Ludtke paved the way for women's involvement in MLB.

Making history by bringing a lifetime of excellence, Kim Ng steps to the helm as GM. #JuntosMiami pic.twitter.com/UrYESbjTHe

&mdash Miami Marlins (@Marlins) November 13, 2020

After many decades of determination, Ng feels honored to lead the Miami Marlins as their general manager. She and the team are building for the longterm and plan to develop a creative, forward-thinking, and collaborative baseball operation.

They hope to achieve that with a dedicated and uniquely talented staff who have laid the foundation for success in the last few years. Besides her other objectives, Ng's utmost desire is to bring championship baseball to Miami, and with her excellent track record, no one can bet against her achieving that.

Anyone saying it’s “virtue signaling” for celebrating Kim Ng getting the job as the new Marlins GM, take a look at the resume and then fuck off. pic.twitter.com/AoJyIIas3Q

&mdash Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) November 13, 2020

Ng's historic hiring means a whole lot for women working in men's sports, with most of them acknowledging that it is about time women took their place in sports leadership.

With her hiring, Ng, who is now the first Asian-American general manager, also has her name at the top of a long list of women who have fought to hold space in MLB.

One such woman is Melissa Ludtke, a female sports reporter, who filed and won a civil rights action against MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn and some others in 1978.

Ludtke's action sought to prevent the New York Yankees from enforcing a gender-based policy banning accredited sports reporters from entering the Yankees clubhouse in Yankee Stadium.

"It's about time." Women working in men's sports leagues share what Kim Ng's historic hiring means to them https://t.co/VgYUtTmVfI

&mdash TIME (@TIME) November 14, 2020

With her victory, Ludtke paved the way for women's involvement in MLB and is proud that a woman is now leading an MLB team and hopes other women follow suit.

Ng's hiring also impressed former FLOTUS Michelle Obama, who congratulated her historic role as Marlins' general manager, hailing her and saying she will be cheering the club, which she grew up supporting, on.

Ng deserves every bit of the accolades she is getting, and while many people wait to see how she fares with her new role, few of them doubt that she will be successful with the Marlins.


Twitter reacts to Marlins hiring Kim Ng as first female general manager in MLB history

Kim Ng made history on Friday when she was named General Manager of the Miami Marlins. Ng is now the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among the 30 MLB teams and is believed to be the first woman hired as a GM for a men's team in any major North American professional sports league. She is also the first Asian-American GM in baseball history.

Ng brings over 30 years experience to the job, including roles with the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and MLB commissioner's office. She has been part of eight postseason appearances, six league championship series and three world championships.

"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. " 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."

The Twitter world reacted to the historic hiring, congratulating Ng on the accomplishment, as well as the Marlins


Marlins hire Kim Ng as first female general manager in MLB history

The Miami Marlins have made history. The Marlins named Kim Ng their new general manager on Friday, the team announced. She is the first female general manager in baseball history and is believed to be the first female general manager in a North American men's pro sports league. Ng is also the first Asian-American general manager in baseball history.

"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," Marlins CEO Derek 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."

Ng, 51, is more than qualified to be a general manager. She started her career as an intern with the White Sox in 1990 and was hired by the team full-time the next year, then was named assistant director of baseball operations in 1995. Ng left Chicago in 1996 and spent 1997 overseeing transactions as the American League's director of waivers and records.

In 1998, Yankees GM Brian Cashman hired Ng as an assistant general manager, making her the youngest person to hold the position at the time. She won three World Series titles with New York before leaving in 2001, when she joined the Dodgers as an assistant general manager. Ng left Los Angeles in 2011 and became MLB's senior vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner's office.

"I was truly excited for Kim when I learned that she had been named General Manager of the Miami Marlins," Cashman said in a statement. "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. As Assistant General Manager with the Yankees, she was indispensable to me when I first began my tenure as the GM. Kim was a tireless and dedicated executive back then, and in the ensuing years, she has ceaselessly added to her skill set to maximize her talent. She will provide the Marlins with vast experience and institutional knowledge along with a calm demeanor and an amazing ability to connect with others — all of which will serve her well in her new leadership role as head of baseball operations. I offer my congratulations to her and to the Marlins organization."

Commissioner Rob Manfred added: "All of us at Major League Baseball are thrilled for Kim and the opportunity she has earned with the Marlins. 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, and we wish Kim all the best as she begins her career with the Marlins."

Ng and Jeter go back to their time with the Yankees -- Ng also worked with Gary Denbo, Jeter's righthand man, while with the Yankees -- but make no mistake, this is not a token hire. She had previously interviewed for general manager jobs with the Angels, Giants, Mariners, and Padres, and has experience in all front office domains. Scouting, analytics, arbitration, you name it. Few executives are as well-rounded.

"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. " 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 added: "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."

Ng is now the highest ranking woman in an MLB front office. Raquel Ferreira serves as an executive vice president and assistant general manager with the Red Sox, and Jean Afterman holds the same role with the Yankees. Cashman brought Afterman aboard as assistant general manager after Ng left to join the Dodgers.

"When I succeeded Kim as the Assistant General Manager of the Yankees almost 20 years ago, I knew that I needed to up my game to match hers — Kim had set a high standard. Her hiring demonstrates what I have long said, that to be a GM in Major League Baseball, you need intelligence, vision and experience," Afterman said in a statement Friday. "These qualities of leadership, which Kim possesses in abundance, 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. I congratulate the Marlins — that after a remarkable season, during extraordinary times — they have broken a barrier that needed shattering."

The Marlins went 31-29 this past season and qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2003. They have built a strong young talent base in recent years, including righty Sixto Sanchez and shortstop Jazz Chisholm, and are now looking to make the permanent jump from rebuilder to contender.

The Angels named Braves assistant GM Perry Minasian their new general manager earlier this week. The Mets are currently looking to fill their front office after new owner Steve Cohen cleaned house last week. The Phillies have an interim GM at the moment as well.


Kim Ng has broken a barrier that has stood for more than 150 years of Major League Baseball.

The 51-year-old baseball lifer has become the first female and first Asian American general manager in MLB history after being hired as the new GM of the Miami Marlins on Friday.

She is just the second person of Asian descent to run an MLB team, along with San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

Not only is Ng's promotion significant for baseball, she is also believed to be the first female general manager of any of the prominent professional men's sports teams in North America, according to the Marlins.

Ng (pronounced ANG) has certainly paid her dues in her 30-year career, working her way from an intern with the Chicago White Sox in 1990 to her current groundbreaking success. She had stints in the front offices of the White Sox (1990-96), New York Yankees (1998-2001) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-11) before taking her most recent position as senior vice president of baseball operations in the MLB commissioner's office in 2011.

Making history by bringing a lifetime of excellence, Kim Ng steps to the helm as GM. #JuntosMiami pic.twitter.com/UrYESbjTHe

— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) November 13, 2020

Ng finally broke through after interviewing for general manager positions with the Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Anaheim Angels, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners since 2005.


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On Nov. 7, thousands of young girls watched Vice President-elect Kamala Harris deliver an electrifying acceptance speech. In her powerful yet soothing demeanor, the first woman and first woman of color to hold the vice president position made her message very clear.

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Harris said. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

A week later, Kim Ng crossed gender and racial barriers after being named the MLB’s first female and first East Asian-American general manager, or GM, exemplifying Harris’ very words for sports enthusiasts everywhere. Appointed GM of the Miami Marlins on Nov. 13, Ng made history as not only the league’s first female in the position but also the first female GM across all major men’s sports leagues in the United States.

The decision has put Ng at the helm of a team already pinned to keep an eye on next spring, should it be deemed safe for teams to play (yes, I’m looking at you, Los Angeles Dodgers). The Marlins entered the 2020 season with a COVID-19 outbreak, a projection to finish last in the NL East and the league’s fourth-lowest payroll. Yet, the squad departed, being dubbed the biggest surprise of the postseason after making the playoffs for the first time since 2003. Sweeping the Cubs in the wild-card round, the Marlins have a farm system teeming with talent in J.J. Bleday, Jesús Sánchez and Jazz Chisholm, and, well, are now proud owners of the MLB’s third-lowest payroll. As one who will oversee the front office personnel, contract negotiations and roster decisions, Ng is certainly in a position to make an impact. And with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, she is more than capable of doing so.

“We look forward to Kim bringing a wealth of knowledge and championship-level experience to the Miami Marlins,” said Marlins CEO Derek Jeter. “Her leadership of our baseball operations team will play a major role on our path toward sustained success.”

Ng’s love for baseball was sparked by her father, whom she lost when she was just 11 years old. She proceeded to grow up a Yankees fan and played softball and tennis in high school.

“Her on-base percentage was ridiculous,” said Deborah Paul, Ng’s coach for both sports, in a recent interview with MLB.com’s Matt Monagan. “She just knew what to do, how to work the pitcher, what to do with runners on base. She knew the game. You know, a lot of girls like to play, but they don’t know the game. With Kim, you’d start saying the sentence and she’d finish it for you.”

After four years of varsity softball and a senior thesis on Title IX at the University of Chicago, Ng began her MLB career as an intern for the Chicago White Sox in 1990 and immersed herself in entry-level tasks such as operating the radar gun and mapping pitches. She was hired to work in their front office full time by 1991 and became the youngest person to present and win a salary arbitration case in 1995. Ng has since served as the assistant GM for both the Yankees and the Dodgers (winning three World Series rings along the way) and had been the senior vice president of baseball operations for the MLB since 2011.

What is most remarkable about Ng, however, is not her resume but her character. She was one to tell her younger sister that she’d only know she’d played hard if her uniform was dirty. When Ng was mocked by former Dodgers executive Bill Singer for her Chinese heritage, she kept things professional. And after having interviewed for the GM position with six different teams over the past 15 years, Ng kept her head up and interviewed with a seventh.

There’s no doubt this grit, poise and perseverance will inspire generations of female sports enthusiasts to come.

But as exciting as Ng’s hire may be, the sports industry must ask itself: Why did this take so long? Countless coaches and analysts have deemed her worthy of the position for years. Was it just because she is a woman?

While Harris was right in stating that this is a country of possibilities, we still have a long way to go before young girls see her remarks come to fruition. Ng’s legacy as the first female GM should have been cemented years ago. Female athletes are still being paid just a fraction of what their male counterparts are and receive far less coverage in the media. Beyond sports, women continue to face sexist barriers in the workforce and in academia.

Baseball is slow. And so is progress. But in the words of Ng herself, sometimes, “you just have to keep plowing through.”

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Kim Ng: Miami Marlins name first female general manager in MLB history

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A file image shows Kim Ng as assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Goren/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

MIAMI - The Miami Marlins have hired Kim Ng as the team’s general manager, making her the first female GM in the history of Major League Baseball.

The team announced the move on Friday, saying Ng has been “making history by bringing a lifetime of excellence.”

Ng is also believed to be the first Asian-American GM in MLB history. She is also believed to be the first female general manager for a men’s team in a major professional sport in North America, the team said.

She broke into Major League Baseball as an intern and has 21 years of big league experience in the front offices of the Chicago White Sox (1990-96), New York Yankees (1998-2001) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-11). She spent the past nine years with MLB as a senior vice president.

�ter 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.”

Ng (pronounced Ang) has worked with teams who made the playoffs eight time and won three World Series titles. She becomes the fifth person to hold the Marlins&apos top position in baseball operations, and succeeds Michael Hill, who was not retained after the 2020 season.

This story was reported from Cincinnati. The Associated Press contributed.


Kim Ng Makes History With the Miami Marlins as First Female MLB General Manager

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Major League Baseball just hit a home run for female empowerment with this history-making move.

On Friday, Nov. 13, Kim Ng was named the Miami Marlins' general manager, making the 51-year-old MLB's first female GM and second person of Asian descent to lead a team for the league. She is also the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations for any of the 30 teams.

"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 posted on MLB.com. "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."

She continued, "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."

She interviewed for multiple GM positions over the years, and she was an assistant GM for both the Yankees and Dodgers, MLB.com reported, adding that the Yankees hired her for that job when she was 29, making her the youngest assistant GM in MLB and the second woman to hold that position.

The Marlins tweeted, "Making history by bringing a lifetime of excellence, Kim Ng steps to the helm as GM."

In March, Kim was asked in an interview with Canada's Sportsnet if she thinks baseball is "ready for a female to be a GM." She replied, "It should be, because we see female world leaders, CEOs, secretaries of state. There's no reason that there shouldn't be a women general manager. I think it's going to take a bold, courageous gender-blind owner."

"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," Marlins CEO and former New York Yankees star Derek 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."


‘Monumental Day’ as First-Ever Woman is Named the General Manager of Major League Baseball Team

The Miami Marlins broke one of baseball’s glass ceilings by becoming the first club to hire a woman as General Manager in Major League Baseball—or in any professional men’s team in the U.S.

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Kim Ng (pronounced Eng) also became first the Asian-American to manage a team—and it is obviously not the result of any diversity quota.

Kim brings 30-years of experience in the backrooms of the Majors, holding positions, first, with the Chicago White Sox in 1990 as an intern, and rising up to become an Assistant GM with the New York Yankees, and VP/Assistant GM for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“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,” Commissioner of Baseball Robert Manfred Jr. said in a statement.

She started her career playing softball for 4 years at the University of Chicago, and before taking over the chair for the Marlins served as the MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations.

Her extensive support of the youth game was noted by the CEO of the Marlins, none other than Derek Jeter, who said, “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.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to have her experience… Her leadership of our baseball operations team will play a major role on our path toward sustained success,” added Jeter.

“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 at a Marlins press conference.

“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.”

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