Kim Ng

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Kim Ng
Born Kimberly J. Ng[1]
(1968-11-17) November 17, 1968 (age 46)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York
Alma mater University of Chicago
Occupation Senior Vice-President for Baseball Operations with Major League Baseball
Spouse(s) Tony Markward

Kim Ng (Chinese: ; born November 17, 1968) is an American executive in Major League Baseball. She is currently the Senior Vice-President for Baseball Operations with Major League Baseball and the highest ranking Asian American female baseball executive.

Early life[edit]

Ng was born in Indianapolis, Indiana,[2][3] the first of five daughters, to Jin Ng and Virginia Fong. Her father, American-born of Chinese descent, was a financial analyst who died when Ng was 11[4] and her mother, Thailand-born of Chinese descent, was a banker.[5][6][7] She attended elementary school in Fresh Meadows, Queens[8] and junior high on Long Island, New York. Her interest in baseball started when she played stickball on the street in Queens and her father taught her about sports.[4] She played tennis and softball at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, New Jersey and graduated in 1986.[9][10] She graduated from the University of Chicago in 1990, where she played softball for four years and was named MVP infielder, and earned a A.B. in public policy.[11] She wrote her senior thesis on Title IX.[12]

Career[edit]

Ng began her career as an intern with the Chicago White Sox after graduating from the University of Chicago. She was hired as full time in 1991[13] and became special projects analyst before being promoted to Assistant Director of Baseball Operations under then-GM Ron Schueler in 1995.[7] In 1995 she became the youngest person, and the first woman, to present a salary arbitration case in the major leagues when she worked for the White Sox, regarding the case of pitcher Alex Fernandez, and won.[14] She then worked in the offices of the American League in 1997, where she was Director of Waivers and Records, approving all transactions.[15]

In 1998, she was recruited by general manager Brian Cashman to work for the New York Yankees as Assistant General Manager, becoming the youngest in the major leagues, at age 29, and one of three women (the other two are Elaine Weddington-Steward of the Boston Red Sox and Jean Afterman of the New York Yankees) ever to hold the position.[9] She resigned as Assistant General Manager and Vice President of the New York Yankees in 2001[16] and one month later, she joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as Vice President and Assistant General Manager.[17]

In 2005, Ng was interviewed for the vacant position of Dodgers general manager. No female has ever been a GM in any major sport. The Dodgers hired Ned Colletti as their GM, who immediately kept Ng on as his assistant.[18] In 2008, she was interviewed for the general manager position with the Seattle Mariners, but the position went to Jack Zduriencik. In 2009, she interviewed for the San Diego Padres' General Manager position, which went to Jed Hoyer.[19][20] On March 8, 2011, Ng announced that she was leaving the Dodgers to take on the position of "Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations" for Major League Baseball, where she would report to former Dodgers manager Joe Torre.[21] In October 2011, she interviewed for the Los Angeles Angels general manager position but the Angels hired Jerry Dipoto.[22] In July 2014, Ng interviewed for the Padres' GM position, and was one of four finalists for the position.[20] The Padres hired A.J. Preller.

Personal life[edit]

On May 3, 2009, Ng was honored by the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California in "Celebrating Chinese Americans in Sports".[23]

Ng and her husband, Tony Markward, reside in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Making it in the Majors: Kimberly Ng, AB'90". University of Chicago College Report. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ Reid, Jason (November 15, 2003). "Ng Is Victim of Racial Taunts". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Eng, Sherri (2011). "Dodgers Assistant General Manager Kim Ng Ready to Make the Jump to Top Job". Society for American Baseball Research. 
  4. ^ a b Pasan, Jeff (December 14, 2005). "A woman running a baseball team? It's inevitable". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Kim Ng, executive for major league baseball was hired by the New York Yankees as assistant general manager". Museum of Chinese in America. 1997. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Reid Forgrave (May 11, 2012). "Kim Ng unfazed in quest to become GM". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  7. ^ a b Brown, Tim (July 3, 2008). "Can Kim Ng break the gender barrier?". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ McCarron, Anthony (March 4, 2001). "POWER OF A WOMAN Yanks' Ng is front-office ace in male-dominated field". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Glimpses". University of Chicago Magazine. October 2004. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kleimann, James (October 20, 2011). "Ridgewood Native Kim Ng Could be Baseball's First Female GM". Ridgewood-Glen Rock Patch. 
  11. ^ Kaplan, David A. (December 24, 2006). "Kim Ng". Newsweek. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kohen, Yael (July 18, 2012). "Game Changer". Marie Claire. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ Leong, Ryan (May 14, 2004). "Batter Up for Kim Ng: Q&A with the Dodgers’ assistant general manager". AsianWeek. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Baseball executive in US breaks mold". Taipei Times. May 12, 2002. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ McDonnell, Jr., Wayne G. (August 30, 2011). "Cubs Need A 'Dynamic Duo' Instead Of Cashman Or Epstein". Forbes. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ Walker, Ben (November 15, 2001). "YANKEES' ASSISTANT GM KIM NG RESIGNS". AP News Archive. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Kim Ng Vice President and Assistant General Manager". Los Angeles Dodgers. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ Jenkins, Lee (November 17, 2005). "In Choosing Experience, Dodgers Forgo a Chance at History". The New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  19. ^ Heyman, Jon (October 17, 2009). "sources: #dodgers exec kim ng, bidding to be first female gm...". Twitter. 
  20. ^ a b Brock, Corey (July 24, 2014). "Ng gets second interview for Padres GM opening". MLB. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  21. ^ Gurnick, Ken (March 8, 2011). "Ng leaving Dodgers to join Torre with MLB". MLB. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Ng to interview for general manager position". MLB. October 19, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Kim Ng - Vice President and Assistant General Manager, LA Dodgers". Chinese Historical Society of Southern California. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  24. ^ Reid Forgrave (May 11, 2012). "Kim Ng unfazed in quest to become GM". © 2012 Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 

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