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Marlins hire Kim Ng as MLB's first female general manager

CBS News logo CBS News 11/13/2020 Christopher Brito
Kim Ng sitting on a bed: Kim Ng, New York Yankees' vice president and assistant gener © New York Daily News Archive Kim Ng, New York Yankees' vice president and assistant gener

The Miami Marlins made history on Friday by naming longtime baseball executive Kim Ng as the team's next general manager. Ng becomes the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations in the major leagues, and she is believed to be the first female GM for a men's team in a major professional sport in North America, the Marlins said.  

"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 that was shared by the Marlins' Twitter account. 

In addition to being the first female general manager, Ng is also the first Asian-American general manger in the league. 

Ng has more than 30 years of experience combined at multiple stops, including the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. She last worked in the MLB Commissioner's Office from 2011 to 2020 as senior vice president of baseball and softball development. 

With her leadership, teams have gone on to make eight postseason appearances, six league championships and three World Series titles. She inherits a team that has only been to the playoffs three times in franchise history, including last season when the Marlins lost in the NL Division Series to the Atlanta Braves.  

"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," Ng added. "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," she said. 

After the announcement, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that the league is "thrilled" for Ng.

"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," he said. "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 best as she begins her career with the Marlins."

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