Graphic courtesy: Florida Marlins
The Florida Marlins on Friday named Kim Ng its new general manager, making her the first woman to become GM of a Major League Baseball team.
The Marlins say Ng is also the first woman General Manager of any major men’s sports team and the first Asian American GM in baseball history.
“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. “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.”
The 51 year old joined the Chicago White Sox as an intern in 1990, according to CBS Sports. By 1995, the Sox promoted her to their assistant director of baseball operations, but the following year she left to join the American League as director of waiver and records.
She became Assistant General Manager of the New York Yankees in 1998 and went on to the same position with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001. She moves to the Marlins from her current position as senior vice president of baseball operations of Major League Baseball.
“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,” said Derek Jeter, CEO of the Marlins, 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.”
Kim was with the Yankees during Jeter’s playing days.
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