The team’s official Twitter account announced the historic move on Friday, writing, “Making history by bringing a lifetime of excellence, Kim Ng steps to the helm as GM. #JuntosMiami.”
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) November 13, 2020
Jon Heyman first reported the news prior to the Marlins' official statement.
Breaking: Kim Ng appears in line to become Marlins GM. First female GM of MLB team.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 13, 2020
Ng is also the first Asian-American GM, and it’s believed that she is the first woman to be hired as a GM for any men’s professional sports teams across North America’s major leagues.
Kim Ng will be named the Marlins' GM, a source confirms. History-making hiring, as Ng will be both the first female GM and the first Asian-American GM. @JonHeyman was on it first.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 13, 2020
She previously worked as an assistant GM with the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers before serving as the Assistant Director of Baseball Operations for Chicago White Sox. For the last nine years, she took on the role of Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for MLB. Her career with the MLB has spanned 30 years, where she has helped teams to eight postseason appearances, six league championships, and three World Series.
“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 per CBS Miami.
She continued, “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 that 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.”
The news of Ng’s new role was well-received by the internet.
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
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
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
Congratulations to Kim Ng, who was the youngest assistant GM in MLB, with the Yankees, back in '98. She's been doing this. And she deserved to be a GM a long, long time ago. https://t.co/RcXSqScIEF
— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) 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
Forget just baseball. A woman never has been the general manager of a major American professional sports team period until Kim Ng was hired by the Miami Marlins today. Their COO is Caroline O'Connor. The Marlins' three highest-ranking officials are two women and an ex-shortstop.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 13, 2020
Let's be perfectly clear here. Kim Ng has been among the most qualified GM candidates for the past two decades. She has always been capable of running a Major League team. This isn't a risky hire -- it's a smart one, by a team that obviously wants to win a World Series.
— Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) November 13, 2020
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
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