A backstory on Kim Ng as MLB’s first female GM

Luke Hicks, Staff Writer

General Manager is a position in every major sport that has long been held by white men. On Nov 13, 2020a woman of Asian American descent changed that. 

Kim Ng was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1968. Her father and mother are of Chinese descent and they had five children, the first being Ng. The family moved to Queens soon after and Ng attended junior high on Long Island. Her father taught her how to play stickball on the streets with her friends and soon after, Kim fell in love with the game. She played softball and tennis and graduated from Ridgewood High in 1986. She then attended the University of Chicago where she continued her softball career, earning the Most Valuable Infielder award. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and finished all four years on the softball team. She then started off her MLB career as interim for the Chicago White Sox. Ng was promoted to Assistant Director of Operations before leaving to work under the American League, approving all transactions. In 1998, she was appointed to the Assistant General Manager position for the New York Yankees. She was only 29 at the time and was one of only four women to ever hold the position. She took the same position in the Dodgers franchise in 2001 and served as the VP for the team. The Dodgers looked to Ng to fill the General Manager position in 2005, but they hired Ned Colletti instead. Colletti took Ng as his assistant for six years. In 2011, Ng left the Dodgers to take on the role of Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for the MLB. Ng held this position until she was hired by the Miami Marlins as the first woman and person of Asian American descent to be a GMShe now holds the highest position ever held by a woman in the four major sports: baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Kim Ng is an inspiration to all to chase your dreams, no matter who you are.  

 

Kim Ng on Good Morning America 

An interview with Kim Ng shows just how passionate she is for the game of baseball.