Yesterday was International Women’s Day, as I’m sure you’re aware. An interesting announcement came from the offices of Major League Baseball, with former Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng joining Joe Torre as the senior VP for baseball operations at Major League Baseball.
Ng is still considered a rising star in the baseball business with an excellent CV full of success as a member of the Yankees front office during their most recent glory days (1998-2001) and with the storied Dodgers since. Often among the first names mentioned for available General Manager roles around baseball, Ng has interviewed for multiple vacancies including the Mariners job which eventually went to Jack Zduriencik.
While this role within MLB is something a parallel move to join her friend Joe Torre and escape the sinking Dodgers ship (which she denies), Ng insists becoming a general manager is still her priority.
With her résumé, one can only wonder how long before she does get the chance to steer a big league ship? An argument could be made that she has more experience and past success than many GMs appointed in recent years, including a certain Canadian “promoted from within” wunderkind.
Has Kim Ng run up against the so-called glass ceiling? Is the old boy cronyism of baseball impervious to making a “progressive hire” like Ng? Hard to say. I don’t think some sort of institutional bias keeps Ng and others like her out of the GM’s seat, there are simply very few seats. With only 30 jobs to go around, countless qualified individuals are passed over every day. Many teams groom up-and-comers for years in advance, making real opportunities even more rare.
Hopefully for Ng and for all of us, she can take the reins of a big league club one day. Some believe she could be poised to step in once Brian “Housemoney” Cashman gets sick and tired of the Steinbrenner’s act and opts to read cricket periodicals on a beach.
The only downside to Ng (or any potential female GM) taking over in the Bronx would be the obnoxious glut of “GOTTA BE TOUGH TO HACK IT IN NEW YORK, IS THIS BROAD TOUGH ENOUGH?” articles such a bold Yankee move would inspire. First woman to present a salary arbitration case? Youngest assistant GM in baseball at the time of her promotion? I think she’s got the toughness covered.
Image courtesy of Alyssa Milano’s MLBlog. Eh oh, oh eh!