Kim Ng hired as Marlins GM in historic baseball move

The Marlins made history Friday morning when they hired Kim Ng as general manager, making her the first female GM of any of the major professional men’s sports teams in North America.

Ng, who has previously served as assistant general manager of the Yankees and White Sox, is now the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among the 30 MLB teams. She was most recently the league’s senior vice president for baseball operations since 2011 and was the highest-ranking Asian American female baseball executive.

“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 through the team. “We are building for the long term in South Florida, developing a forward-thinking, collaborative, creative baseball operation made up of incredible 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.”

Ng reunites with some familiar faces from her days with the Yankees in Marlins owner Derek Jeter and director of player development and scouting Gary Denbo. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recruited Ng to work as assistant GM in 1998, which made her the youngest in the major leagues at 29 years old. She was one of three women to ever hold the position at the time. Jeter was in his fourth year with the Yankees and Denbo was the team’s hitting coach.

“My goal is to bring championship baseball to Miami,” her statement continued. “I am both humbled and eager to continue building the winning culture our fans expect and deserve.”

After beginning her career as an intern with the White Sox after graduating from the University of Chicago, she became a special projects analyst before she was promoted to assistant director of baseball operations under then-GM Ron Schueler in 1995. The same year, she became the youngest person, and the first woman, to present a salary arbitration case in the major leagues.

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