Buster Olney reported this morning that Kim Ng is going to be interviewed for the Angels open GM position (which resulted in me thinking "OMG! Kim Ng!" and subsequently tuning out my professor for the remainder of the class I was in).
For those familiar with me and my blog, you probably know by now that I have a bit of an obsession with Ng and her quest to become the first female general manager. I wrote about her way back in March when she left her position as the Dodgers Assistant GM to become a Sr. VP of Baseball Operations in the Commissioner's office. And I wrote about her more recently when her name was floated among the candidates for the Cubs GM position. Basically any time her name pops up on my news feed I feel compelled to write about her.
Now let me be clear: my fascination with Ng is not merely because she could be the first female to break into the boys club that has thus far characterized the MLB GM position. No, my fascination with Ng comes from the fact that she has already had an outstanding career in baseball operations, and Ng becoming the first female GM seems to be all but inevitable.
Ng became assistant GM of the New York Yankees in 1998, and following the 2001 season made the lateral transfer to become assistant GM of the Dodgers, where she served until this March before leaving to work as a Senior VP of Baseball Operations for the Commissioner’s Office. In total, Ng has served as an assistant GM at the major league level for 13 full seasons. During her time with the Dodgers Ng handled all of the arbitration cases, many of the minor league free-agent signings, and maintained the club’s compliance with MLB’s rules for roster management and player eligibility.
So yeah, she knows her stuff and is amazing at her job. Ng maintains that her ultimate goal is be an MLB GM, and based on her résumé I believe she has earned it. Will it be with the Angels? Who knows. But this is Ng's 5th time interviewing for a GM position, and she shows no signs of giving up on her goal. One of these days Ng will shatter the glass ceiling and become the first female GM. And until then I'll continue to scan the front office rumors and follow her progress.