We always hear about the cross town rival New York Yankees as if they are the older brother that grew up to became a successful stock broker, while the Mets are like the younger brother that showed some promise in high school, but has elongated their “gap year” in between college and high school to nearly 20 years now. Always told to try and take a page out of the older brother’s book, the Mets have refused to ever try to emulate the Yankees formula for success. This offseason, they have the opportunity to do so, and it is one that they shouldn’t pass up.
The opportunity to do so comes in the form of Kim Ng. Ng was hired as Assistant General Manager to Brian Cashman in 1998, and she continued to flourish in her role. Ng means business, and her rings that she won with the Yankees prove that. Following her career with the Yankees, she moved on to be the Vice President and Assistant General Manager to the Los Angeles Dodgers. There are a couple of reasons that the Mets should be interested in Ng, besides the fact that she is a native of Fresh Meadows, Queens.
What immediately stands out about her is the teams that she has worked for so far in Major League Baseball. She joined the Chicago White Sox straight out of college, and quickly ascended their ladder before joining the Yankees. The teams that stand out to me are the Yankees and the Dodgers, two teams that are obviously big when it comes to market size. Ng has never experienced working for a baseball team in a small market, which should have the Mets drooling. Far too often, the Mets are labeled as acting like a small market team in one of the globe’s largest markets. With Ng, there would be no worry as to whether she can handle the stress that comes with the New York market.
As an Assistant General Manager, one has to imagine that Ng played a large part in the drafts for her respective teams. Her draft record was fantastic for the Dodgers, as some of the players they drafted during her tenure went on to be big parts of the organization, or a great career in general. While she was Assistant General Manager with the Dodgers, they drafted Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley, David Price (didn’t sign), Clayton Kershaw, Dee Gordon, and Joc Pederson. If anything, her role in drafting these players shows that she has excellent foresight in the potential of players.
Right now, Ng currently works as Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations at Major League Baseball, the right hand woman of Joe Torre. She also co-owns a winery with her husband. For a long time, it has been expected that she would be the first ever woman elected as the general manager of a team. For the Mets, it makes complete sense for them to make her that woman. Bringing in a Queens native to run the team would probably bring some level of the comfort to the team as well.