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Monday, February 01, 2021

Hailed as a Trailblazer, Kim Ng Stands Alone

In a sport dominated by men — specifically, at the top, by white men — Ng symbolized the potential for change. The civil unrest of last year was bringing a reckoning on diversity to many industries around the country, and it looked as if that reckoning would include baseball.

For the rest of Major League Baseball’s off-season, Ng has stood alone. Eight people have been promoted to or hired as the permanent president of baseball operations, chief baseball officer or general manager of a club — Sandy Alderson returned to the Mets, the Chicago Cubs elevated Jed Hoyer, Dave Dombrowski took over the Philadelphia Phillies. All but one of this off-season’s hires was a white man.

Taking it back another off-season, Ng is the only woman or person of color hired for 13 openings comparable to hers….

Only four heads of club baseball operations are identified as nonwhite by M.L.B.’s diversity goals — about 13 percent of M.L.B.’s 30 teams. They are Kenny Williams, who is Black, of the Chicago White Sox; Farhan Zaidi, who is of Asian descent, of the San Francisco Giants; Al Avila, who is Latino, of the Detroit Tigers; and Ng. That is a stark contrast to the demographics on the field, where 40 percent of major-league players are identified as nonwhite by M.L.B. — the majority of whom are Latino.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2021 at 09:55 AM | 23 comment(s)
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Thursday, November 19, 2020

The unforgettable high school days of Kim Ng

Ng was a middle infielder on the diamond, showing off a mix of leadership skills and scrappiness (she once told her younger sister she knew she’d played hard only if her uniform was dirty). Second base was her position when she joined the team in ‘84 and, by senior year, she was the starting shortstop. She was also very “analytical” about everything and seemed to have a natural feel and knowledge of the game.

“I gave her free reign on the bases,” Paul says. “She was so smart and could read catchers. Lots of delayed steals.”

Paul wanted to make her the three hitter because she could, well, hit, but she was forced to bat her leadoff.

“Her on-base percentage was ridiculous,” Paul remembers, laughing. “She just knew what to do, how to work the pitcher, what to do with runners on base. She knew the game. You know, a lot of girls like to play, but they don’t know the game. With Kim, you’d start saying the sentence and she’d finish it for you.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 19, 2020 at 01:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
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