According to the Miami Marlins press release, Ng is “believed to be the first woman hired to the general manager position by any of the professional men’s sports teams in the North American major leagues.”
On social media, the news of MLB’s first female GM was met with support from many fans, reporters, and athletes. Here’s a sampling:
Congratulations to Kim Ng, the new #Marlins GM.
With 30 years’ experience as a baseball executive, she’s made history as the first woman and first Asian-American to hold the top post in a baseball operations department.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) November 13, 2020
Kim Ng has 3 World Series rings. She made 8 postseason appearances as an executive. She was assistant GM of the #Yankees and #Dodgers, then spent a decade in the Commissioner’s office. Objectively speaking, she has one of the greatest résumés of any first-time GM in @MLB history.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 13, 2020
Let's be perfectly clear here. Kim Ng has been among the most qualified GM candidates for the past two decades. She has always been capable of running a Major League team. This isn't a risky hire — it's a smart one, by a team that obviously wants to win a World Series.
— Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) November 13, 2020
I hope people understand how big Kim Ng RUNNING A TEAM IS. Of the four major men's sports, MLB is still very much the old boys club at the upper echelon.
Ng isn't just a female or Asian-American. She's a badass who has been qualified for this job for quite some time.
— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) November 13, 2020
Groundbreaking and monumental.
On behalf of the 100+ women texting me the 🤯 emoji right now, Kim, congratulations.
— Sam Rapoport (@samrap10) November 13, 2020
— Meghan Duggan (@mduggan10) November 13, 2020