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.
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.”