Monday, November 07, 2005

KIM NG INTERVIEWED FOR THE DODGERS VACANT GM ROLE

Kim Ng became the youngest person, and first woman, to present a salary arbitration case in the major leagues when she worked for the Chicago White Sox, regarding the case of Alex Fernandez. In 1997, she was hired by the New York Yankees as assistant general manager, which made her youngest in the major leagues, at age 29. She joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001 as assistant GM. Ng gained reverence from Asian Americans in November 2003 when New York Mets special assistant to the general manager Bill Singer mocked her ethic for which he was fired. After a quartet of years now she has become the first candidate to interview for the team's vacant GM job and if she fills all the requisites she will succeed Paul DePodesta to become major league baseball's first female GM. After completing her second year as vice president and assistant GM for the Los Angeles Dodgers, she's now one of only two women to hold such a position in baseball operations and the highest-ranking Asian-American executive in the majors. Ng at the age of 36, who is Asian-American, is a serious candidate rather than just a symbol interview to satisfy Major League Baseball's minority requirements. Theo Epstein, who resigned as general manager of the Boston Red Sox this week, also reportedly has been approached by the Dodgers. Among other possible candidates are Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden and Chicago White Sox special assistant Dennis Gilbert. The Dodgers hold a 71-91 record this year, which is their worst since 1992 and the second-poorest since the team moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn in 1958.

Is Major League Baseball ready for its first female general manager?

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