Getting to know new Marlins general manager Kim Ng, MLB's first female GM

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Kim Ng became the first female general manager in Major League Baseball history on Friday, when she was hired by the Miami Marlins.

The 51-year-old’s resume tells the story of a baseball lifer who has been an integral part of the sport for three decades.

Here are five things to know about Ng (pronounced Ang).

She’s not only the first female GM in MLB history, but the first Asian American GM

Ng’s father, Jin, who died when she was 11, was American-born and of Chinese descent. Her mother, Virginia, was born in Thailand and also of Chinese descent. While Ng’s qualifications were clear, it took until Friday for her to break two significant barriers. Systemic racism in the sport reared its ugly head in a very public way in 2003, when New York Mets special assistant Bill Singer directed racist remarks at Ng during the general managers meetings in Arizona. At the time, Ng was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ assistant general manager; Singer was fired for mocking her ancestry.

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