Phillies: 3 GM candidates that could replace Matt Klentak

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1. Kim Ng

Kim Ng was born in Indiana but moved to New York, attending elementary school in Queens, junior high school on Long Island and then on over to New Jersey, where she attended high school.

She learned about sports from her father and even played stickball in Queens. Ng played softball in college while attending the University of Chicago and was even named MVP infielder.

Ng’s career began with the Chicago White Sox, interning for them after graduating college. She was then hired on in a full-time role in 1991, which led to eventually being promoted in 1995 to Assistant Director of Baseball Operations.

Becoming the first woman and youngest person to present a salary arbitration case, she won it in 1995 for pitcher Alex Fernandez.

In 1997, Kim worked in American League offices as Director of Waivers and Records.

GM Brian Cashman recruited Ng to work for the New York Yankees in 1998, making her one of the very few women and youngest person to ever become Assistant GM.

In 2001, she became Vice President and Assistant General Manager with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the hiring process for Dodgers GM, which Ned Coletti ended up taking, Ng was interviewed. She has also interviewed with numerous other major league organizations for GM.

Ng left the Dodgers in 2011 and became the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball. Another Yankees tie, she reports to none other than Joe Torre.

If, and hopefully when, Ng becomes GM, she would be the first. As a woman, I fully admire her and all she has been able to accomplish in the baseball world. I hope that she is one day the first female GM.

Next, we have a name in the Milwaukee Brewers organization that could be a good candidate.