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Padres considering Kim Ng for GM opening; would be first female GM in any major sport

Jul 2, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

MLB vice president of baseball operations Kim Ng is under consideration for another general manager opening -- this time with the San Diego Padres. She would be the first female GM in any major sport.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has the story

Kim Ng, MLB’s senior VP for baseball operations, is under consideration for the vacant Padres general manager job, people familiar with the search say.

Ng, the former assistant GM with the Dodgers and Yankees, would be looking to become the first female GM in any sport if her potential candidacy progresses.

Ng was interviewed for the Padres’ GM job in 2009 but the club decided to go with Jed Hoyer, who is now in that position with the Cubs. She has also been in the running for GM openings with the Dodgers and Mariners.

The Padres fired GM Josh Byrnes on June 22 after going 184-215 in two-plus years under his watch.

Via Heyman, the current list of candidates to take over Byrnes’ post includes Diamondbacks scouting director Ray Montgomery, Dodgers scouting director Logan White, former Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest, Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler, Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, and Padres’ current assistant general manager A.J. Hinch. Now we can add Ng to that group.

  1. doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    that poor woman

  2. jyoung1891 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Would she also be the first Asian-American?

    • dondada10 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Not in all of sports. That honor goes to Rich Cho, G.M. of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.

      • renaado - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Erik Spoelstra (if I got the name spellin right) seems to be Fil-Am based on our media sites here, I would’t believe it though…

      • renaado - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Dangit! I forgot… He’s the coach. Not the GM…

  3. bronco1991 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Is she hot?

    • jimmyt - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      Can she make a good sandwich?

  4. hookersdontsnuggle - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    sweet last name

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      You on the other hand have a thoroughly obnoxious user name. Why don’t you go away and don’t come back until you done grown up some. Jerk.

      • madhatternalice - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        But s/he’s right. Most of the crochet experts I know use other brands of fabric softener.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        And you on the other other hand seem to have something lodged up your posterior.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:05 AM

        Someone always stands up for the putzes. Of course it’s always another putz. Like you. GFY

  5. rbj1 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Better than recycling a failed GM.

    • jayquintana - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      I don’t know, I think Paul DePodesta should get another chance. Of course, as long as it’s not with the Dodgers. (Fellow Blue fans, I apologize for making your stomach churn a bit.)

      • clydeserra - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        cuz they guy they have now has done such a great job.

  6. raynman49 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Also the first with no vowels in last name.

  7. drewsylvania - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    I hope they do this and that it works out splendidly.

  8. fifthstarter - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Everything I’ve heard about Ng makes me think she’d be an excellent GM.

    • dondada10 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      She was a part of the Yankees teams that won World Series in ’98, ’99 and 2000.

      • indaburg - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        Per her Dodgers bio: “In her 12 seasons as an assistant general manager, she has reached the postseason eight times, the LCS six times and won three World Championships.”

        She sounds pretty dang qualified:

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Sally, you mean pretty Ng qualified!

  9. fantasticmrhandsome - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Why not give her a shot? If she’s incompetent, it will still be an improvement over Byrnes.

  10. chargrz - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Anyone but Towers!

    • jayquintana - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Keven Towers is baseball’s Lane Kiffin. Most guys are lucky to get one chance if they mess that up, they’re done. Towers and Kiffin get chance after chance.

      Can’t figure this one out.

      • zzalapski - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Towers and Kiffin are pikers at failing compared to Isiah Thomas.

      • yahmule - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:32 AM

  11. yahmule - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    She’s smart, experienced and most importantly, she’s not Kevin Towers.

  12. socalcharger - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    If she’s the best candidate, hire her! The pads need someone who has an eye for talent and knows how to valuate assets correctly.

  13. rmccleary97 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    If she does well, she earns more letters to add to her last name as she wishes.

  14. rcali - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Can she hit?

  15. moogro - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Heck yes

  16. musketmaniac - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    [Commenter banned for being a jackass misogynist]

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      Hopefully this will be the comment that finally bans your worthless words.

      You see those 2 thumbs up you got? They were from people that have already been banned, and only exist here as disembodied pusillanimous thumbs.

  17. musketmaniac - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    NG SD GM in the AM .

    • yahmule - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:34 AM


  18. cabrera24 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    But they just gave Seth Smith a contract extension ? Really ? Seth Smith ? Lol

    • gloccamorra - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      He’s not just a platoon player anymore. Somebody (Byrnes?) thought Smith was an everyday player, and it turns out he is, for this year at least.

  19. smoothaswilkes - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    She should have got the Dodgers job and the Padres would be lucky to have her as their GM. Besides anything other than the Padres’ norm is a win.

    btw, is this the fourth Padres post for the day? It’s almost like we actually have a team in San Diego. Granted not all of it was good, but still.

    • dinofrank60 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Yes she should’ve had the Dodger job; apparently the “progreesive” Jamie McCourt was too concerned with spending money.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Why the Padres stories? Craig spent his vacation in San Diego last year, and now the other HBT writers are keeping an eye on the baseball team, hoping to vacation there themselves.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Is your user name referring to Jamal Wilkes? Because I can still imitate his free throw form, lol. A little 180 around the head …

      • smoothaswilkes - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        It is! One of my favorite Lakers and Bruins of all time. I used to imitate his shot too. That was some wonky but, highly effective, mechanics.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Big Wilkes fan – and get this – I’m a Celtics fan.

        I couldn’t imitate his jump shot. But the free throw motion – that I eventually worked out. It was slow- and it was smooth!

  20. sabertone22 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    The woman turned down the Astros when that GM job was open. She is looking for a puff job!

  21. etchedchaos - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    She wouldn’t be the first by several years. Karren Brady was the managing Director (akin to GM) of Birmingham City Football Club and is currently vice-Chairman of West Ham United Football Club. Not to mention Carolyn Still of Mansfield or Denise Watts of Exeter and Vicki Oyston of Blackpool.

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