The Miami Marlins made history in the 2020 season, making the playoffs for the first time since 2003, and doing so while being ravaged by COVID-19. However, that didn’t stop them from making even more after the season was over.
The MLB Offseason is all about acquisitions in the name of making your team on the field better. For the Marlins, that begins by bringing in someone to make those decisions.
On Friday, November 13th, the Miami Marlins made history by announcing the hiring of Kim Ng, “the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations for any of the 30 MLB teams, and she is believed to be the first woman to be hired as a GM in any of the professional men’s sports teams in the major North American sports,” according to a Marlins press release. “Ng is also the second person of Asian descent to lead an MLB team, following Farhan Zaidi, the former Los Angeles Dodgers GM and current president of baseball operations for the Giants.”
Ng’s Impressive Resumé
Ng brings over 30 years of organizational experience to Miami, and has most recently been interviewed for such positions as the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015, the San Diego Padres in 2014, the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants in 2018, as well the Dodgers and at least two other clubs, in years prior.
Over the last nine years, Ng has worked within the Commissioner’s office. Before that she had worked in the front office of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Most notably, however, Ng worked for the New York Yankees from 1998 to 2001. Over that span, Ng and the Yankees won three World Series rings.
The changing of the guard in Miami was long overdue. Michael Hill, who took on GM responsibilities under former owner Jeff Loria in 2007, stepped down last month. As the new ownership team, faced by Derek Jeter, gets their bearings by bringing in a fresh General Manager. This is a great way to capitalize on their moment from this past season.
At the time of the announcement, Ng had this to add in a statement:
“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. 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.”
If you’re a Miami Marlins fan, competency in the front office is something you could very much get used to. And it’s coming in 2021.
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