Sports | November 13, 2020 11:56 am

Kim Ng Hired by Miami Marlins as First Female General Manager in MLB

A woman has never been the GM of a major American professional sports team, period

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Former Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda talks with Assistant General Manager Kim Ng of the Los Angeles Dodgers, before game against the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Larry Goren/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
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Although she was already a part of Major League Baseball, Kim Ng is now in a league of her own.

On Friday, the Miami Marlins announced they had hired the former MLB senior VP of baseball operations to be their new general manager, making Ng the first female and first Asian-American GM in MLB.

Ng, who previously served as assistant general manager with the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers and worked in the front office for the Chicago White Sox, will be the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among the league’s 30 teams, according to ESPN.

As ESPN’s Jeff Passan points out, Ng may now be the most powerful woman, outside of ownership, in all of American sports.

“Forget just baseball,” he wrote on Twitter. “A woman never has been the general manager of a major American professional sports team period until Kim Ng was hired by the Miami Marlins today. Their COO is Caroline O’Connor. The Marlins’ three highest-ranking officials are two women and an ex-shortstop.”

Ng will be the fifth person to lead baseball operations for the 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. “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.”