Friday, November 13 was a landmark victory in women’s sports as longtime baseball executive Kim Ng was named general manager of the Miami Marlins by team owner and former Yankees Hall Of Fame inductee, Derek Jeter … a move that marks a significant milestone in America’s favorite pastime for the thirty-year veteran of the sport.
Written in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” may very well be Ng’s favorite song as the Asian American grew up playing stickball and learning about sports from her father in Queens, N.Y.
Kim started her career in professional sports as an intern with the Chicago White Sox, later going on to hold managerial posts with the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers before taking on the position of senior vice president of operations for Major League Baseball in 2011.
“Kim’s appointment makes history in all of professional sports and sets a significant example for the millions of women and girls who love baseball and softball,” Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. said in a statement. “The hard work, leadership, and record of achievement throughout her long career in the National Pastime led to this outcome, and we wish Kim all the best as she begins her career with the Marlins.”
Looking toward the future of the franchise Ng added: “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. My goal is now to bring Championship baseball to Miami. I am both humbled and eager to continue building the winning culture our fans expect and deserve.”
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