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Kim Ng, MLB senior VP for baseball operations, up for Padres GM post


Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Kim Ng, currently serving as MLB’s senior VP for baseball operations, is under consideration for the vacant general manager’s spot with the San Diego Padres. Should Ng be named to he Padres’ GM chair, she would become the first female GM in any major sport.

Prior to her position with MLB, Ng had previously served as an assistant GM for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees. She has previously interviewed for GM positions with the Seattle Mariners, the Dodgers and, back in 2009, the Padres. Ultimately, Jed Hoyer was named the Padres GM.

Heyman notes there are other known candidates under consideration for the vacant spot. They are:

- Arizona Diamondbacks scouting director Ray Montgomery
- Los Angeles Dodgers scouting director Logan White
- ex-Miami Marlins GM Larry Beinfest
- New York Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler
- Texas Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller
- Boston Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen
- current Padres assistant GM A.J. Hinch

Padres senior VP of baseball operations Omar Minaya declined an interview. He does have GM experience, but cited family reasons for not wanting the position. Others have been linked to the Padres position, but they have either declined to be interviewed or there is no confirmation that the Padres are interested in their services.

Ng certainly owns the credentials to be a GM. She started as an intern with the Chicago White Sox, and in 1995, became the youngest person and first female to present a salary case. She got the assistant GM’s appointment with the Yankees when she was 29. And do not dismiss she has been a finalist for three times for GM positions.

According to Reid Forgrave of FOX Sports, Ng’s current role sees her over 60 people. Ng is over international operations, the scouting bureau and the fall league. And within that same piece, Forgrave has an interesting quote from former Dodgers CEO and managing partner, Bob Daly.

“When I think back to one of the biggest mistakes I made from personnel standpoint, it was not making Kim general manager before I left,” Daly said. “She can negotiate as good as anyone I know, and she does it without offending people. She deserved the job. And for whatever reason, it is a man’s world out there in baseball. But she is very, very qualified to be a GM. It’s a shame she hasn’t gotten the opportunity. I kick myself for not doing that.”

Maybe the Padres won’t make the same mistake Daly did.

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