So you’re telling us there’s a chance …
According to The Athletic’s Tyler Kepner and Ken Rosenthal, there are “some rumblings in the industry” that the White Sox might express interest in adding Kim Ng to its front office. A former member of the organization, Ng declined an option to continue serving as the Miami Marlins GM.
“It remains to be seen if other organizations will make front office moves or if Ng would be considered for a president role, with some rumblings in the industry that perhaps the Chicago White Sox – with whom Ng served as an assistant director of baseball operations from 1990-96 – would be interested in her overseeing newly promoted general manager Chris Getz.”via The Athletic
Ng, 54, was the highest-ranking woman in a major men’s North American professional sports front office. The Marlins hired her in November 2020 as general manager and her contract included a mutual option for 2024.
In a written statement, Marlins owner Bruce Sherman said the team exercised its end of the option but Ng declined hers.
“The Miami Marlins announce today that Kim Ng will not be returning as the club’s General Manager.
Although the club exercised its team option for her to return for the 2024 season, Kim has declined her mutual option. We thank Kim for her contributions during her time with our organization and wish her and her family well.
We will immediately begin a thorough and extensive search for new leadership as we plan to continue to invest in the Marlins organization both on and off the field. We are committed to our fans and the South Florida community and look to build off the momentum of the great progress of this year.”
Ng’s decision comes after the Marlins made the playoffs this season for the first time since the team won the World Series in 2003. They went 84-78 in 2023, finishing third in the NL East before being swept in their best-of-three series by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Before becoming the first woman and first person of East Asian descent to serve as an MLB general manager, Ng got her professional career started in the sport when she took a baseball operations internship with the White Sox in 1990. A year later, she was hired full-time and continued to climb the ladder of multiple positions within the organization.
Under then General Manager Ron Schueler, Ng was named the Assistant Director of Baseball Operations in 1995 and became the youngest person, and the first woman, to present a salary arbitration case in Major League Baseball. The story from there writes itself, as Ng has continued to make advances in several other prominent positions elsewhere before landing in Miami.
A potential reunion involving the White Sox is an interesting idea to consider. The hire would undoubtedly be applauded by the fanbase and serve as a nice step in rebuilding the trust that’s been rapidly eroding. Her prior experience in winning organizations like the Yankees (three-time World Series champion as an assistant GM) and Dodges would be invaluable for an executive group that’s otherwise inexperienced in that department.
Speaking of which, any possible promotion to Ng would go against the team’s previous word to Chris Getz, who was supposed to serve as the single-decision maker in his new role as Senior Vice President/General Manager.
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