In 2015, Kim Ng was on Forbes' lists of Most Influential Women in Sports (No. 5) and Most influential Minorities in Sports (No.13). Today, Ng continues to shatter glass ceilings as Major League Baseball's first woman and Asian American general manager.
For over a decade, Ng (pronounced Ang) has been a high-ranking woman in baseball operations and will now embark on a new journey as general manager of the Miami Marlins.
The Marlins announced Friday that Ng would become the franchise's fifth general manager and is believed to be the first woman to serve as GM of any North American men's professional sports franchise.
"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."
Kim Ng served as assistant general manager for the Yankees and Dodgers (Photo: Brett Davis, USA TODAY Sports)
"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."
With arguably one of the greatest resumes of any first-time general manager in league history, Ng, 51, brings three World Series championships, six league championship series and eight postseason appearances to the role with over 30 years of experience in the league.
Ng graduated from the University of Chicago, where she played softball while earning a degree in public policy. She began her baseball career as a Chicago White Sox intern and ascended to assistant director of baseball operations. Ng then worked for the American League before joining the New York Yankees where she became the youngest assistant general manager in MLB at age 29.
Ng went on to serve as the Los Angeles Dodgers vice president and assistant general manager. More recently, she worked in Major League Baseball's commissioner's office as senior vice president of baseball operations.
Making history by bringing a lifetime of excellence, Kim Ng steps to the helm as GM. #JuntosMiamipic.twitter.com/UrYESbjTHe
"All of us at Major League Baseball are thrilled for Kim and the opportunity she has earned with the Marlins," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement Friday. "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 nest as she begins her career with the Marlins."
During her tenure at MLB, Ng directed international baseball operations and worked with front offices and baseball leagues around the world. She set and enforced policy for international signings rules and established MLB's first system for registering international players. Ng worked to raise the standards for international baseball academies and negotiated agreements and terms with international winter leagues.
Focusing efforts on growing the game of baseball, Ng led MLB's initiatives to improve the quality of play and rate of participation for amateur baseball around the world all while supervising player initiatives for women and girls and serving on the league's Diversity Pipeline Advisory Committee.
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