Kim Ng is making sports history after being hired as the general manager of the Miami Marlins.
The 51-year-old MLB professional is believed to be “the first woman hired to the general manager position by any of the professional men’s sports teams in the North American Major Leagues.”
Kim has previously worked for the Chicago White Sox, where she started as an intern in 1990, as well as the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers. She served as the assistant general manager for both of those teams.
The Marlins say that Kim has been working at the MLB Commissioner’s Office from 2011 until now.
“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,” she said in a statement (via People). “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 now is to bring championship baseball to Miami. I am both humbled and eager to continue building the winning culture our fans expect and deserve,” she added.
Click inside to read what people are saying about the historic hire…
An entire sport is rejoicing. Virtually everyone in baseball thinks Kim Ng, former assistant GM of Yankees and Dodgers, is a great choice to run the Marlins. A‘ s assistant GM Billy Owens: “Kim is an AWESOME hire! Truly pumped to hear the news. Groundbreaking and well-deserved.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 13, 2020
Finally, the glass ceiling in baseball is about to be broken. Kim Ng, heading to Marlins as GM, was assistant GM with Yankees and Dodgers and also high ranking exec with White Sox. Derek Jeter snd Bruce Sherman with the breakthrough hire.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 13, 2020
Kim Ng has 3 World Series rings. She made 8 postseason appearances as an executive. She was assistant GM of the #Yankees and #Dodgers, then spent a decade in the Commissioner’s office. Objectively speaking, she has one of the greatest résumés of any first-time GM in @MLB history.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 13, 2020
Kim Ng was hired by the Yankees as an assistant GM in 1998. She became an AGM with the Dodgers in 2001. She first interviewed for a GM job in 2005. That is what we call a Baseball Lifer.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) November 13, 2020
I’ve known Kim Ng since 2006. She was the smartest, toughest, and most rational person in the Dodgers front office from day one. THIS IS THE BEST NEWS OMFG I AM JUMPING AROUND AT 7:45 AM. A BRILLIANT WOMAN WILL RUN A BASEBALL TEAM.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) November 13, 2020
I hope people understand how big Kim Ng RUNNING A TEAM IS. Of the four major men’s sports, MLB is still very much the old boys club at the upper echelon.
Ng isn’t just a female or Asian-American. She’s a badass who has been qualified for this job for quite some time.
— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) November 13, 2020