November 16, 2020
The appointment of a woman with three decades’ experience to a general manager post has been hailed as a groundbreaking moment. Perhaps one day it will just be business as usual
The long-overdue hire of Kim Ng shows what women in sports are up against
“This challenge is one I don’t take lightly,” said Kim Ng, following Friday’s announcement of her hiring as general manager for the Miami Marlins. Ng became the first female general manager in Major League baseball, and the first East Asian American in a GM role – more than 30 years after starting out as an intern for the Chicago White Sox. Change has been slow within the front offices of America’s national pastime. Ng was already the youngest assistant general manager in MLB for the New York Yankees when she first interviewed for GM in 2005 for a vacancy with the Los Angeles Dodgers. She didn’t get the Job. Ng would later interview for general manager positions with the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Anaheim Angels, and San Francisco Giants. Each time the role ultimately went to a white male.
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