A Historic Hire
Kim Ng broke a baseball gender barrier when the Miami Marlins hired her as their new general manager. Ng has been an assistant general manager for the Yankees and Dodgers and has been in the game for 30 years. Still, after 144 years of major league baseball existing, she will be the first woman and Asian-American to lead a major league front office.
To many in baseball, Ng's hire was considered long overdue. It came when women started moving up the ranks of sports after years of resistance, and as women are beginning to populate the benches and boardrooms of the NBA and NFL.
"This challenge is one I don't take lightly," Kim said in a statement released by the Marlins. "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."
It’s important to note the Miami Marlins hiring Kim isn't a token hire. Her resume proves she's ready to take on this type of responsibility. She started her MLB career in 1990 as an intern with the Chicago White Sox after playing softball at the University of Chicago. In just one year, she became a full-time employee and was eventually promoted to assistant director of baseball operations.
It's an iconic moment; it's a historic moment. There's a double standard when you see men get promotions because they’ve been in the same field for a couple of years. And then you see a woman, and she’s been doing the same thing for twice as long and still has to prove herself. Maybe someday there won't be that ‘prove it’ mentality or that questioning around women’s qualifications. But with women breaking barriers in sports, little girls can dream big and aspire to be like Kim Ng.
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