Rule Breakers

The Hardest Working Woman In Professional Baseball

As the Miami Marlins' new general manager, Kim Ng assumes a role she's long been eyeing.

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Last Friday, the Miami Marlins announced that Kim Ng will be the team's next general manager. In assuming the role, Ng, 52, will be the first woman and East Asian American to run a Major League Baseball team.

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It's been a long time coming: Since starting her career with an internship at the Chicago White Sox, she's worked for the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Major League Baseball writ large.

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She's accustomed to breaking records. At the White Sox, she was the youngest person to arbitrate a case and, at age 29, she became the Yankees' assistant GM — the youngest person in the MLB to ever hold the title.

So why has it taken so long?

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It's not for lack of job applications. Since the early aughts, Ng's reportedly interviewed for the top job with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, and twice for the San Diego Padres.

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It took Derek Jeter to make the hire, as he's been the Marlins' chief executive and part owner since 2017, and knows Ng from their overlapping time at the Yankees.

“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.”

Kim Ng, in a press statement

For others' glowing words and anecdotes about Ng, check out The New York Times' report of the Marlins' news.

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