The Miami Marlins announced that Kim Ng will not return for the 2024 season. As was first reported by Craig Mish of the Miami Herald.
Her contract was set to expire after the 2023 season and it was likely that it would be renewed. Though, that now won’t be the case. There was a mutual option in place for 2024, but Ng declined her end. The club’s chairman Bruce Sherman released a statement on the matter, as relayed by Jordan McPherson of the Herald.
“We thank Kim for her contributions during her time with our organization and wish her and her family well,” the statement reads. “We will immediately begin a thorough and extensive search for new leadership as we plan to continue to invest in the Marlins organization both on and off the field. We are committed to our fans and the South Florida community and look to build off the momentum of the great progress of this year.” Barry Jackson of the Herald relays that director of player development Brian Chattin will serve as interim general manager during that search.
Kim Ng was hired to be the Marlins general manager in 2020. The move was trailblazing as she had become the first woman general manager for a men’s team in any of the four major North American sports and the first Asian-American GM in the history of Major League Baseball.
The departing GM provided a statement to Tyler Kepner of The Athletic: “Last week, Bruce (Sherman) and I discussed his plan to reshape the Baseball Operations department. In our discussions, it became apparent that we were not completely aligned on what that should look like and I felt it best to step away. I wish to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Marlins family and its fans for my time in South Florida. This year was a great step forward for the organization, and I will miss working with Skip and his coaches as well as all of the dedicated staff in baseball operations and throughout the front office. They are a very talented group and I wish them great success in the future.”
The club has been trending in an upward direction ever since, this year making the playoffs. Just the second time in the past two decades. They previously made the playoffs in a COVID-19 shortened season in 2020. The two years in between, the team had won 67 and 69 games respectively. Skip Schumaker then took over as the Manager this season and he led the team to an 84-78 record. That was good enough for a wild card spot.
The performance on the field has been admirable under Ng. Both the pitching which has seen great years from guys like Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez and Eury Perez at various times and the hitting with Luis Arraez, Jazz Chisholm and many others.
The Marlins ownership had plans on hiring a president of baseball operations this offseason and Kim Ng was not a fan. It’s unclear if she’ll look for another job right away, but there are some openings. The Red Sox fired Chaim Bloom and have been looking for a new GM. Billy Eppler walked away from the Mets, though that would lead to a position that she didn’t want in Miami. David Stearns is hired as the club’s president of baseball operations. The job would come with more financial freedom, but it’s unclear if Ng is willing to be the second in command.
Her plans will surely become more clear over the next few weeks.
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