Marlins' Ng becomes first MLB woman boss

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The Miami Marlins have hired Kim Ng as Major League Baseball's first female general manager.

"I entered Major League Baseball as an intern and, after decades of determination, it is the honour of my career to lead the Miami Marlins as their next general manager," Ng said in a statement.

Ng is believed to be the first female GM in a major professional sport in North America, the Marlins said.

The 51-year-old Ng has more than 30 years of experience in the major leagues, working in the front offices of the Chicago White Sox (1990-96), New York Yankees (1998-2001) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-11), and in the MLB Commissioner's Office (2011-20).

Most recently she was the MLB senior vice president of baseball and softball development.

She is the first woman hired to the general manager position by any of the professional men's sports teams in the North American major leagues.

Born in Indianapolis to parents of Chinese descent, Ng also becomes the first Asian-American GM in the majors.

"This challenge is one I don't take lightly," Ng said. "When I got into this business it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a Major League team, but I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals."