Former MLB pitcher's drunken racist attack on Kim Ng resurfaces after historic hire

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By RADIO.COM

A troubling incident is being rehashed from Kim Ng's trail-blazing rise in baseball.

Ng, 51, made history last week when she was named the first female and first Asian-American general manager in MLB history.

But not even 20 years ago, when Ng was in the Dodgers front office, she was the victim of an appalling bigoted tirade directed at her by former pitcher turned top scout Bill Singer.

According to Ng's accounts and multiple reports from the time, Singer drunkenly confronted her at a hotel bar during baseball's annual general manager meetings in 2003, held that year in Arizona.

Singer, per witness accounts, asked Ng "what are you doing here?" and "where were you born?" during the bizarre exchange, reports said, and began speaking gibberish as if to mock Chinese languages.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman witnessed the episode and stepped in on behalf of Ng, a report said.

Ng, later recalling the episode, said she was annoyed over it, and suggested both racism and sexism were factors.

"I was mad, that I was now going to be known for having been harassed," Ng said. "If I was an Asian guy, would this be happening? I don't know. I don't know the answer to that. But I would say there's a greater chance that this was happening because I was a woman."

Singer later apologized and blamed the incident on having consumed too much alcohol while dieting, but it wasn't enough to save his job as special assistant to then Mets GM Jim Duquette.

Singer -- a two-time 20-game winner in a 14-year career with the Dodgers, Angels, Twins, Rangers and Blue Jays -- was sacked by the Mets, and later resurfaced with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ng meanwhile remained with the Dodgers for the better part of a decade, through 2011. She interviewed for several GM jobs during her tenure in Los Angeles, but never seemed to break through with an offer.

She since assumed a role in MLB's league offices, where she was first brought in by Joe Torre. They had previously worked together in New York, where Ng became baseball's first-ever female assistant GM when she was hired by the Yankees in 1997.

Ng's journey is the topic of a recent podcast by ESPN's Pablo S. Torre.