When I saw the headline from the Miami Marlins Twitter feed, my first thought was, “that is exactly what I hope to inspire and shine a light on with the Magnifying Excellence Podcast: a lifetime of Excellence.” The feed read: “Making history by bringing a lifetime of excellence, Kim Ng steps to the helm as GM.” Wow. –By Brian Hurlburt Magnifying Excellence Podcast Host.
Because of that Excellence, the Marlins, led by owner and former New York Yankees superstar Derek Jeter, hired Kim Ng to become Major League Baseball’s first female general manager.
“The idea that it has affected this many people is just extraordinary,” Ng said on Monday, when the Marlins introduced her and as reported on the official Marlins website. “I thought it would be a big deal, but this is beyond my expectations — and I think beyond many peoples’ expectations. But I think that really is a testament to where we are. People are looking for hope. People are looking for inspiration. I’m happy that this is a part of it.”
The website also listed the following people as publicly applauding the move: Michelle Obama, Sharon Robinson (daughter of Jackie Robinson), Billie Jean King and Warren Moon.
About Ng (pronounced ang)
Ng is the first woman GM in MLB history, and she also is the second person of Asian descent to lead an MLB team, following Giants president of baseball operations and former Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi. She is also believed to be the first woman to become a GM of any professional men’s team in the major North American sports. Ng turns 52 on Tuesday, and she’s already spent 30 years in professional baseball, including 21 in the front offices of the White Sox (1990-96), Yankees (’98-2001) and Dodgers (’02-11). She worked for MLB as senior vice president for baseball operations from ’11 until her historic hiring by the Marlins.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) November 13, 2020