Breaking the Baseball Gender Barrier

As the 2020 season has come to a close, the Major League Baseball team, Miami Marlins, hired a new general manager, Kim Ng, making her the first female game manager in the MLB ever.

The last time the Major League Baseball team, the Miami Marlins, won a World Series was in 2003. They made their first appearance this year in the 2020 postseason. Although they had a successful season, the team decided to switch it up by hiring 51-year-old game manager Kim Ng, the first female game manager ever in the MLB. 

Ng has been an assistant general manager twice, but after 30 years of being in the league, she will be the first woman to lead a major league office. 

She has been viewed to break one of baseball’s barriers. After Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, Ng is the one to break the gender barrier. 

“I think it’s great that the Marlins hired the first female manager in MLB history,” senior baseball player Blake Wilson said. “Gender does not define how well she can run a team.”

Thirty years ago, Ng started working in the league as an intern for the Chicago White Sox, attempting to make a career in a sport dominated by men. She then earned a senior position with the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers and, most recently, serving as MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations.

This challenge is one she does not take lightly, Ng said in a team’s statement. When she got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a major league team, but she is dogged to pursue her goals.

She is the first general manager of the MLB and in any professional sports team in the United States. 

According to Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, in an interview with Joe Torre, Ng’s boss at MLB and her former colleague with the Yankees, he said he talked highly of her at owner’s meetings. He says that somebody has to ignore the fact that she is a woman and make a baseball decision, and if they do that, he thinks she will get an opportunity. Now she is the game manager of the Marlins. 

Her goal, she told Entertainment, and Sports Programming Network, is to bring a championship back to Miami. She also said that she would not be taken advantage of due to her gender. Ng is hopeful for the 2021 season and has already begun thinking about the new team she gets to be successful with.