Kim Ng’s crash course: She’s bullish on Marlins’ future
By admin - 2018-08-07 10:26:36
Kim Ng’s first three weeks as general manager of the Miami Marlins means lots of coffee and less sleep. Here are the highlights:
- Ng’s has her hands full by getting to know her work colleagues, agents, teams, and the 150 players in the Marlins organization.
- Ng has a full course load, and thanks her husband for making sure she eats “three times a day.”
- Additionally, her husband in a supporting role shows that Ng is the first female general manager in major league history.
- Ng’s main focus is to build on the Marlins’ recent progress as CEO Derek Jeter’s ownership group begins Year 4 of a franchise revival.
- 2020 was the first time the Marlins reached the playoffs for the first time since 2003. They’re excited to see what’s in store for 2021.
- A few weeks into studying video and talking with Marlins scouts, Ng shows great faith in the squad. She’s confident in the foundation Jeter and his group built by saying, “They are ahead of the game.” She knows the time and effort it takes to build a good farm and system and will do her part to take it up another level.
- Her priorities with the next virtual meetings include upgrading the bullpen and adding a veteran bat. Not to mention, their current players can always improve because their prospects on the verge of major league success.
- She says that all it takes is one player exceeding expectations to create a huge impact on the whole club.
- The Marlins likely won’t be too busy in the free agent market, because they don’t want veterans clogging competition.
- While she’s not too worried about the free agent market, she does want to give a prospect a chance but along the line of being able to develop quickly for the overall betterment of the team in their long-term prosperity.
- Case and point is veteran third baseman Brian Anderson, who’s heading in his fifth season with the Marlins but may not be offered a long-term contract. It’s up in the air, but Ng said, “I personally would like to see how this year goes before we venture down that road.”