Editor’s note: We’ve updated this to clarify she is the first person of East Asian descent. Former Dodgers GM and current Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is of Asian descent by way of Pakistan.
The Miami Marlins are hiring a new general manager, and are reportedly making history in the progress. The team is set to hire Kim Ng for the GM role, according to Jon Heyman. This would make her the first woman and person of East Asian descent to hold a general manager role in MLB history.
There will be extensive discussion about Ng being the first woman and first Asian-American in this role, and rightfully so. She is believed to be the first woman in a GM role in any of the four major American men’s professional sports leagues.
However, it should not overshadow just how impressive her credentials are coming into the job. Her resume is arguably the most impressive of a first year GM ever. Ng has worked in Major League Baseball since 1991. She joined the Chicago White Sox in a full time role that year as special projects analyst. She was promoted to assistant director of baseball operations in 1995 and eventually joined the American League office in 1997.
A year later she joined Brian Cashman with the New York Yankees as his assistant general manager, making her the youngest person to ever hold such a role. She joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in a similar role in 2001, and has since interviewed for multiple GM positions over the past 15 years. She spent the past nine years working as senior VP of baseball operations for Major League Baseball.
She joins a Marlins organization that appears to be finding the light at the end of the tunnel after an ugly rebuilding period. After finishing with a sub-.400 winning percentage in 2018 and 2019, the Marlins finished second in the NL East in the shortened 2020 season and managed a playoff series win over the Cubs before losing to the Braves in the Division Series.