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Friday, November 13, 2020

Miami Marlins hire Kim Ng as MLB’s first female general manager

The Miami Marlins are hiring Kim Ng as their new general manager, making her Major League Baseball’s first female and first Asian American GM, the team announced Friday.

Ng has most recently served as MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations. She has also served as assistant general manager for the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.

“On behalf of Principal Owner Bruce Sherman and our entire ownership group, we look forward to Kim bringing a wealth of knowledge and championship-level experience to the Miami Marlins,” Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said in a statement. “Her leadership of our baseball operations team will play a major role on our path toward sustained success. Additionally, her extensive work in expanding youth baseball and softball initiatives will enhance our efforts to grow the game among our local youth as we continue to make a positive impact on the South Florida community.”

Ng, who also spent time in the Chicago White Sox front office, will be the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among the league’s 30 teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 13, 2020 at 11:07 AM | 39 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. asinwreck Posted: November 13, 2020 at 11:30 AM (#5988588)
I had thought her window of opportunity had passed, as it's now been 30 years since she broke into MLB with the White Sox. I am delighted to be wrong. Hearty congratulations.

I think she's the only University of Chicago graduate serving as a GM.

   2. Mike Webber Posted: November 13, 2020 at 11:42 AM (#5988593)
Got an ALL CAPS text from my daughter who is a U Chicago student about the news this morning. Good for the Marlins. Looking at their young pitching, this team could get good really quick.
   3. TJ Posted: November 13, 2020 at 11:46 AM (#5988596)
Wonder if the Marlins would trade her to my beloved Detroit Tigers for Al Avila?
   4. Lassus Posted: November 13, 2020 at 11:47 AM (#5988597)
Jesus, the ####### Marlins? This troubles me, as far as being set up to fail.

(EDIT: I don't mean on purpose, just by circumstances.)
   5. Adam Starblind Posted: November 13, 2020 at 11:49 AM (#5988599)
Drunken Bill Singer is confused.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 13, 2020 at 11:59 AM (#5988601)
Good for her. Anyone who's been dicked around like she has, man or woman, deserves a shot.
   7. Mayor Blomberg Posted: November 13, 2020 at 12:03 PM (#5988602)
5 - Did Luhnow ever hire him? Seems like he would have been a great fit.

And good for Kim Ng; way overdue.
   8. Rally Posted: November 13, 2020 at 12:16 PM (#5988604)
I had thought her window of opportunity had passed, as it's now been 30 years since she broke into MLB with the White Sox. I am delighted to be wrong. Hearty congratulations.


Agree. For all that time in the game, she’s only 2 years older than I am.
   9. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: November 13, 2020 at 12:53 PM (#5988610)
Narrator: Rally celebrated his 97th birthday on Tuesday.
   10. JRVJ Posted: November 13, 2020 at 01:01 PM (#5988619)
Good.

That's it. Good.
   11. Adam Starblind Posted: November 13, 2020 at 01:12 PM (#5988623)
Jesus, the ####### Marlins? This troubles me, as far as being set up to fail.

(EDIT: I don't mean on purpose, just by circumstances.)


If so, Jeter can just send her home with a basket of memorabilia.
   12. Rally Posted: November 13, 2020 at 02:07 PM (#5988632)
It would be kind of cool story if Ng had a hand in the drafting of Jeter, but she was with the White Sox in 1992, and joined the Yankees in 1998.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 13, 2020 at 03:04 PM (#5988635)
I had thought her window of opportunity had passed, as it's now been 30 years since she broke into MLB with the White Sox.
Ng is only 51 (although she will have a presumably quite happy birthday in 4 days), which isn’t all that old to reach a top job in a very competitive profession. She’s done well by most measures. If she’s now part of making the Marlins a long term success, she will have made quite a mark.
   14. asinwreck Posted: November 13, 2020 at 03:46 PM (#5988639)
It's not that old, until you consider that several recent GM hires (David Stearns, Derek Falvey, Erik Neander, Mike Elias, Mike Chernoff) for this job are currently in their 30s, and many more are in their 40s. (Rick Hahn, Andrew Friedman, and Jon Daniels, to name three men who have been in the job for several years, are younger than Ng.) It's been a while since a first-time GM was older than 50, and the criteria for the job seemed to change around mid-decade.
   15. Howie Menckel Posted: November 13, 2020 at 04:00 PM (#5988642)
giving the first woman a GM job and having it be the Marlins is like approving Black History Month - but then making it be February.

:)
   16. Walt Davis Posted: November 13, 2020 at 04:25 PM (#5988645)
Congrats. And the Marlins are one of the (few?) organizations without a PBO and have a small FO overall so I assume this is a GM position in the old school sense.
   17. . Posted: November 13, 2020 at 04:32 PM (#5988646)
Kind of thought there that the board was finally coming around to the proper view that The Cult of the GM isn't really what the sport's all about, nor is it particularly apparent quite exactly what the last GM did wrong ... but with that said, always good to see someone work hard, stay patient, and get the payoff they wanted.
   18. Howie Menckel Posted: November 13, 2020 at 06:17 PM (#5988658)
hey, she went to high school in the town that has a hospital where I was born - go Kim!
   19. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 13, 2020 at 06:29 PM (#5988660)
She's been on the shortlist for almost every GM opening I can remember. I'd started to think it was a running joke to tokenize her. Glad to see her get a shot.
   20. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: November 13, 2020 at 06:46 PM (#5988663)
giving the first woman a GM job and having it be the Marlins is like approving Black History Month - but then making it be February.

Well, Miami had its first winning record in 11 years and their first playoff appearance in 17 years, so...
   21. Adam Starblind Posted: November 13, 2020 at 10:30 PM (#5988690)
She's been on the shortlist for almost every GM opening I can remember. I'd started to think it was a running joke to tokenize her.


It's not like she wanted the world.
   22. Arch Stanton Posted: November 14, 2020 at 08:08 AM (#5988706)
She just wanted your half.
   23. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: November 14, 2020 at 08:20 AM (#5988707)
I haven't heard a whole lot about Ng's career and accomplishments as a baseball exec from the media. I have heard a lot about her gender. I wonder what she thinks of the obsession with her gender.
   24. SoSH U at work Posted: November 14, 2020 at 10:12 AM (#5988708)
I haven't heard a whole lot about Ng's career and accomplishments as a baseball exec from the media. I have heard a lot about her gender. I wonder what she thinks of the obsession with her gender.


What accomplishments were you familiar with for other first-time GMs? Did you know Thad Levine's full cv? What teams did Mike Hazen work for before taking the top spot with the Diamondbacks?
   25. Tom Goes to the Ballpark Posted: November 14, 2020 at 11:14 AM (#5988712)
Congrats. And the Marlins are one of the (few?) organizations without a PBO and have a small FO overall so I assume this is a GM position in the old school sense.
Isn’t Jeter effectively the PBO? He is getting compensated like one.
   26. Walt Davis Posted: November 14, 2020 at 04:28 PM (#5988733)
Maybe. Jeter is the CEO and the public face of the franchise -- that's a standard role in an ownership group. Not standard for a CEO, he also acts as the public face on trades, etc. I don't pay much attention but I haven't noticed any articles about his role in making those decisions, whether analysis is being fed up to him, etc. He might need to sign off but that doesn't necessarily mean he's performing the old-school GM duties.
   27. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: November 14, 2020 at 04:38 PM (#5988734)
"Welcome to your first day on the job, Ms. Ng. Your office is right down this hallway. Captain Jeets has left you an introductory gift basket."
   28. Howie Menckel Posted: November 14, 2020 at 05:08 PM (#5988737)
only one Jeter basket joke per Marlins thread - it's in the BBTF bylaws and everything
   29. Tom Goes to the Ballpark Posted: November 14, 2020 at 05:31 PM (#5988738)
Maybe. Jeter is the CEO and the public face of the franchise -- that's a standard role in an ownership group. Not standard for a CEO, he also acts as the public face on trades, etc. I don't pay much attention but I haven't noticed any articles about his role in making those decisions, whether analysis is being fed up to him, etc. He might need to sign off but that doesn't necessarily mean he's performing the old-school GM duties
I don’t think it is common for 2% owners to collect 8 figure compensation packages in addition to the standard ownership perks.
   30. Walt Davis Posted: November 14, 2020 at 09:53 PM (#5988782)
It's also not common for a PBO/GM to collect an 8 figure compensation package (it's zero as far as I know) so I'm not sure how that addresses the question. That said, according to Cot's, Jeter's stake is 4% and per other sources his salary $5 M. That's a quite high salary for a GM, especially a newbie. I would assume that most CEO's, Presidents, etc. of an MLB team are paid something along the lines of $5 M if not more -- they are businesses worth billions. As to compensation for people with ownership stakes, historically this was an effective way to hide revenue although it doesn't seem to me that it would work in the current revenue sharing model. Still, it is hardly uncommon for owners to pay themselves salaries. Whether Jeter is worth his $5 M compensation I can't say.

   31. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 14, 2020 at 10:14 PM (#5988789)
Jeter was making more than $5M per year. That was his base salary but I have seen various articles saying he would receive a $4M annual management fee, up to $2M a year in bonuses if the team turned a profit, as well as some perks like a $1M a year travel allowance. Not sure if all of that is true or if it all made it into the final deal.

That being said, he agreed to forego his salary during the pandemic so I give him some credit.
   32. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2020 at 01:08 PM (#5988830)
C'mon.

The Dodgers hired her as vice president and assistant general manager in 2001. And in 2005 when their GM position opened up, they interviewed her for the job. While I was reporting for my book on the Dodgers era under Frank McCourt, well-placed sources told me that McCourt had wanted to hire Ng, not only because she was qualified but also because he (rightly) thought being the first owner to hire a female general manager would bring the franchise good publicity. But since he was a man obsessed with publicity, he also worried about the backlash that would come with being the guy to fire the first female general manager. (The sheer nature of the cutthroat business leads to high turnover of GMs, even talented ones).
   33. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 15, 2020 at 01:34 PM (#5988833)
up to $2M a year in bonuses if the team turned a profit
”Ah, so it’s a profit deal! Takes the pressure off.”
   34. McCoy Posted: November 15, 2020 at 02:01 PM (#5988836)
Re 29.

I believe Bush did even better with less ownership with the Rangers.
   35. Walt Davis Posted: November 15, 2020 at 04:43 PM (#5988860)
Regardless, I don't see what how much money Jeter is paid tells us about how player/roster decisions are made in Miami. Jeter got a sweet deal to be the public face of the franchise. Are we suggesting he would have only gotten $7 M to do that but the Marlins said they'd throw in another $5 M if he'd save them from having to pay a GM $2 M?

Relevant evidence would be articles on how the Marlins make their decisions or at least some press speculation that Hill got the boot because he was clashing with Jeter. That the fates LUVVVV Derek Jeter is neither news nor relevant to the question.
   36. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 15, 2020 at 05:23 PM (#5988868)
Jeter got a sweet deal to be the public face of the franchise.
Jeter put the Marlins ownership group together, no small thing.
   37. Adam Starblind Posted: November 16, 2020 at 07:44 AM (#5988902)
"Who does the think he is?"

"I'm Derek Jeter."

[Updated for 2020]
   38. Howie Menckel Posted: November 16, 2020 at 02:18 PM (#5989023)
listen up, nerds! this is a tweet from this morning, MLB beat writer for NY Daily News:

Kristie Ackert
@ByKristieAckert
·

This is a big moment. Seeing a woman answering questions as a baseball GM — and more than prepared for the moment — for the first time is cool.

That’s enough.

I don’t need to have men tell me they are ok with it or how it makes them feel. It’s not about you today.
   39. Zach Posted: November 18, 2020 at 07:36 PM (#5989695)
well-placed sources told me that McCourt had wanted to hire Ng, not only because she was qualified but also because he (rightly) thought being the first owner to hire a female general manager would bring the franchise good publicity

Dodged a bullet there. "Endorsed by Frank McCourt!" would be the spill-the-coffee line on a resume.

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