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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Kim Ng, Four Others Among D-Backs GM Candidates

The Diamondbacks appear to have compiled at least a preliminary list of potential general manager candidates to take over for the departing Dave Stewart, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe (Twitter link). In addition to a quartet of men with ties to the organization, MLB senior VP Kim Ng is under consideration, per the report.

Ng has long been discussed as a front office target for organizations, and has interviewed for top baseball ops positions on several occasions. A former assistant GM with the Dodgers, Ng would become the game’s first-ever general manager if she is hired for this or another open job.

Additionally, Arizona is looking at current AGM Bryan Minniti and farm director Mike Bell — as has previously been reported. Minniti just completed his second season in that role for the D-Backs after previously serving in a similar capacity with the Nationals. Bell has held his post with Arizona for six seasons.

Former D-Backs’ scouting guru and current Brewers scouting director Ray Montgomery is also under consideration, as is former Arizona AGM Peter Woodfork, who currently works with Ng in the league office.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kim ng, women in baseball

Friday, September 23, 2016

Why women have every opportunity to succeed—and fail—in professional baseball

According to coach Siegal, while more than 100,000 girls play youth baseball, only 1,000 of them end up playing at the high school level. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, 1,290 girls played high school baseball in the 2015 to 2016 school year. While some of that could be due to attrition, the blame falls largely on two reasons: the lack of opportunity for girls at the high school level, and softball.

“Too many schools are telling girls that they can’t try out,” Siegal said. “These girls aren’t being supported in their efforts to move up the chain.”

And then there’s softball, which siphons girls who might’ve had an interest in baseball away from the sport from the very beginning. For author Ardell, it’s no coincidence that in the same year Little League allowed girls to play baseball, they also created a girls softball league, which now has 360,000 participants worldwide, according to its website.

“That is my favorite conspiracy theory,” Ardell said. “People are still more comfortable with girls playing softball—it’s nice and neat and tidy. Softball, over the last 50 years, has really been a problem for girls who want to play baseball.”

Softball is often deemed the girls’ equivalent to baseball, a notion that former professional pitcher Borders vehemently disqualifies.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: women in baseball

Friday, September 16, 2016

Why Courtney Knichel’s job as a baseball GM requires her to wear Converse to work

Probably just a publicity stunt to get fans in the stands to watch the GM.

At first glance, Knichel appears part-stereotype: Her hair is perfectly curled and she wears a large, monogramed necklace. Her office is not only decorated with nine years’ worth of Blue Crabs momentos, but also with a pink base from a breast cancer awareness event and a mug scrawled with “World’s best lady boss” in pink script. On the wall behind her desk, there’s a framed picture of the Blue Crabs’ opening pitch.

If that clashes with the summer boys’ culture of baseball, Knichel does not care—she has a vision for what she wants, and she’s quick to respond if she sees something out of place.

Earlier this year, Knichel was visiting the locker room after a game to talk to Owens. As she usually does, she called out before entering to make sure all the players were at least decently dressed. As Knichel walked in, a first-year player made a crack, miming her peering through her fingers to see the supposedly naked studs in the locker room. Knichel stopped.

“I was like, ‘Dude, I’ve worked here nine years,’” she said. “‘If I wanted to look at d—ks, I’d have looked at d—ks, you know?’”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 16, 2016 at 04:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: independent leagues, women in baseball

 

 

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