The Marlins officially hired Kim Ng as their new general manager on Friday, making Ng both the first woman and first Asian-American to achieve that position inside an MLB organization.
Ng, now 51, spent three seasons (1998-2000) as an assistant GM with the Yankees under Brian Cashman, making the then-29-year-old Ng the youngest person ever to be an assistant GM, and one of four women ever to ascend to that level.
On the day of her hire as the first female GM, Cashman and fellow Yankees assistant GM Jean Afterman issued the following statements:
BRIAN CASHMAN: “I was truly excited for Kim when I learned that she had been named General Manager of the Miami Marlins. It is wonderful seeing people accomplish their stated goals, and this has been a dream of hers for as long as I’ve known her. As Assistant General Manager with the Yankees, she was indispensable to me when I first began my tenure as the GM. Kim was a tireless and dedicated executive back then, and in the ensuing years, she has ceaselessly added to her skill set to maximize her talent. She will provide the Marlins with vast experience and institutional knowledge along with a calm demeanor and an amazing ability to connect with others — all of which will serve her well in her new leadership role as head of baseball operations. I offer my congratulations to her and to the Marlins organization.”
JEAN AFTERMAN: “When I succeeded Kim as the Assistant General Manager of the Yankees almost 20 years ago, I knew that I needed to up my game to match hers — Kim had set a high standard. Her hiring demonstrates what I have long said, that to be a GM in Major League Baseball, you need intelligence, vision and experience. These qualities of leadership, which Kim possesses in abundance, are gender-blind. It is a tremendous achievement to be the first female GM in Major League Baseball, and I hope young girls (and boys) take notice of this and further understand that there are no limits to their dreams. I congratulate the Marlins — that after a remarkable season, during extraordinary times — they have broken a barrier that needed shattering.”