Kim NG: Breaking Down Barriers in the MLB
Kim Ng broke down barriers when she was hired as the general manager of the Miami Marlins. The position made her the first woman and East Asian American general manager in the Major League Baseball’s (MLB) history.
To put things in perspective, she’s the first female general manager in any of the 4 major U.S. sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major League Soccer, and Major League Baseball.
Ng’s Journey Moving up the Ranks in the MLB
- Background: Played softball growing up and at the University of Chicago.
- 1990-1998: Started her career as an intern with the White Sox. She worked her way up into various roles including Assistant Director of Baseball Operations and Director of Waivers and Records for the American League.
- 1998-2001: Hired by the Yankees as an assistant general manager. Ng won 3 World Series rings as an exec. The made the playoffs every year she was there.
- 2001-2010: Joined the Dodgers as a Vice President and Assistant General Manager – adding another 4 playoff appearances while with the team.
- 2011: Joined the MLB as a Sr. Vice President of Baseball Operations – the highest-ranked woman that reported to chief baseball officer Joe Torre.
- 2020: Hired by the Miami Marlins as general manager.
A Career with its Fair Share of Adversity
Ng recently spoke to reporters about her experience working her way up in environment where it seemed like all odds were stacked against her. She experienced incidents of racist attacks from her peers.
Since she joined the MLB 30 years ago, her road to management and has been long winded. According to a MLB general manager, Darling, a former Mets pitcher, “if you look at her résumé, she should have been on the fast track” to become a major-league general manager.
Despite all of the difficult situations Ng has been put in, her perseverance truly paid off.
Celebrities and Leaders Congratulate Ng
Congrats Kim Ng!! Keep paving the way, keep being great!
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) November 14, 2020
— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) November 13, 2020
So excited to see Kim Ng named the first woman and first Asian-American General Manager in the MLB. I grew up loving the Cubs, but I’ll be cheering you on!https://t.co/Nl9YNryOn6
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) November 13, 2020
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