Leader in 2021: Kim Ng (Miami Marlins)

For more than a decade, Justine Siegal has worked to help increase the chances of women playing baseball. She has worked as an independent ball coach and in a tournament guide during her time with Athletics. She has spent many years helping Baseball for All develop opportunities for girls and women to participate in baseball.

For many years, many of Baseball For All’s goals were aspirational. Now, as the organization talks to young girls who love baseball, Kim Ng is an example of what they can become.

“All of that role modeling, all of the belief that that could have happened five years ago,” Siegal said.

That’s what Ng, who was hired as general manager of Marlins in November 2020, has done for several generations of women who work in baseball or want to work in baseball. She turned the impossible into reality.

So Ng is American Baseball’s 2021 Leader. , for 10 years prior to joining the Marlins, as MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations.

“For a 12-year-old girl, if you can see it, you can be it,” said Ashley Brachter, USA Baseball’s 18U program general manager. “We are still working on that until the component is in place. But the more we can prove you belong in office baseball, like Kim, or become a referee or scout or female coaches, the more that comes back to the aspirational part. ”

“When I was in college, I wanted to be a hitting coach. I want to be part of a team. I guess now with Kim as GM, I can dream bigger. I have bigger goals for myself,” said Luisa Gauci, a college baseball pitcher who also works at Driveline Baseball as a baseball technology coordinator.

“She really opened the door for me. Now I want to be an assistant or coordinator of MLB, instead of just want to join a small league system. Now I want to dream bigger. She took that path. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s great that my parents can see that too.”

“There has never been a better time for a woman to look for a baseball job in the MLB,” says Siegal. “Baseball is catching up. They are sprinting. . . (Women) always deserved a chance, and now they really have it. “

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2021-trailblazer-of-the-year-kim-ng-miami-marlins/ Leader in 2021: Kim Ng (Miami Marlins)

Jake Nichol

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