Baseball’s first female general manager makes history

Woman standing on baseball field in stadium (© Joseph Guzy/Miami Marlins)
(© Joseph Guzy/Miami Marlins)

Kim Ng made history when she was named the next general manager of the Miami Marlins baseball team on November 13.

Ng is the first female general manager of any Major League Baseball team in North America, making her the highest-ranking woman and Asian American in baseball history.

“I can’t tell you how much it meant to me to see the outpouring of just pure joy for a lot of people,” Ng said in her first press conference as general manager. “It made me realize that it really was a glimmer of hope and inspiration for so many, that if you work hard and you persevere and you’re driven and you just keep going, that eventually your dream will come true.”

Baseball general managers are usually responsible for player recruitment and development, trades, and overall management of the team. They hire the staff to support the team, including all managers and coaches.

Ng said for her entire life she has looked up to women such as Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova who have broken barriers and changed sports.

Ng has worked in Major League Baseball for more than 30 years. She got her first job as an intern with the Chicago White Sox after graduating from college. She has also worked for the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers.