Meet Kim Ng, the First-Ever Woman General Manager in U.S. Sports History
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Kim Ng broke American sports' glass ceiling this month, becoming the first female general manager in Major League Baseball history.
The Miami Marlins’ new general manager, who prior to getting hired by the Marlins was reportedly rebuffed for a similar job by at least five other teams over the last two decades (as per the Associated Press), spoke about her new role during an hour-long introductory virtual news conference on Monday at Marlins Park. At the conference, Ng shared that she had doubted whether or not she’d ever get the opportunity to be general manager.
She thanked her mother for her “relentless” support and her late father for fostering her interest in sports. She also thanked her husband and “partner” for being her “rock."
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"The last 72 hours have been extraordinary for me," said Ng at the conference. "I can't tell you how much it meant to me to see the outpouring of just pure joy for a lot of people. All the congratulatory messages I received were awesome.”
She reflected on the impact she’s had over the course of her career, on scouts, coaches, players, etc., as well as the ripple effect of this news on social media.
“It made me realize that it really was a glimmer of hope and inspiration for so many," she said, "that if you work hard and you persevere and you're driven and you just keep going that, eventually, your dream will come true. I got calls and text messages from guys that I've known over the years who were just so excited to tell their daughters and wives."
I got calls and text messages from guys that I've known over the years who were just so excited to tell their daughters and wives.
The AP states that Ng is “the first female general manager in the four major North American professional sports leagues” and that she's also being celebrated as a “pioneering Asian American.” She reportedly told the publication that she has “a small little fan club in China.”
The 52-year-old’s experience includes playing shortstop for the University of Chicago’s softball team and then climbing the major league ranks. She was the assistant director of baseball operations for the Chicago White Sox and, as per ESPN, “the youngest assistant GM in the game when the New York Yankees hired her” at 29. She went on to occupy the same position with the Los Angeles Dodgers and, since 2011, she's acted as senior vice president of baseball operations for MLB as a whole.
Congrats to you, Kim. We can’t wait to see what you and the Marlins can do.