Ng: Historic hire gives 'glimmer of hope' to many

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Kim Ng mentioned all the people who texted or emailed her — over 1,000 congratulatory messages — since the Miami Marlins announced she had been hired as the team’s general manager on Friday.

The list included fellow executives, former players, managers, scouts, writers. She has been working in baseball since 1991, when former White Sox executive Dan Evans hired her as an intern out of the University of Chicago, where she had played softball and majored in public policy, and many in the game have crossed paths with her at some point.

It’s those not in the game, however, who might be most inspired by Ng’s hiring, all the girls and young women who love baseball and now see, for the first time, a woman running the baseball operations side of a major league organization. She is believed to be the first female general manager in any of the four major North American men’s sports leagues.

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Ng did not downplay her trailblazer status during her official introduction as Marlins GM on Monday at Marlins Park.

“The last 72 hours have been extraordinary for me,” she said. “I can’t tell you how much it

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