12/03 12:02 CST Kim Ng's crash course: She's bullish on Marlins' future
Kim Ng's crash course: She's bullish on Marlins' future
By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) --- For Kim Ng, the first three weeks as general manager of the
Miami Marlins has meant less rest and more coffee.
She has been getting to know colleagues at work, contacting agents and other
teams, and learning as much as she can about the 150 or so players in the
"Let's call it a crash course," Ng said with a smile. "I got to sleep in until
5:30 this morning, so I'm doing pretty good. Not a big coffee drinker, but I've
had to dip in there a bit these past couple of weeks. My husband has been
really great making sure I'm eating three times a day."
Having a husband in a supporting role is a reminder Ng is the first female
general manager in major league history. That milestone wasn't mentioned once
during her 30-minute news conference Thursday, a sign of how quickly a
breakthrough can become part of the norm.
Instead, Ng's comments focused on efforts to build on the Marlins' recent
progress as CEO Derek Jeter's ownership group begins Year 4 of a franchise
This year the Marlins reached the playoffs for the first time since 2003. A
rebuilt farm system ranked among baseball's best began to bear fruit, and an
abundance of prospects has the organization enthusiastic about 2021.
After three weeks studying video and talking with Marlins scouts, Ng shares in
the optimism about the foundation built by Jeter and his group.
"They are ahead of the game," Ng said. "It takes a really, really long time to
build a farm system of this quality and caliber. That's the most exciting thing
about all of this, and making sure we as a front office are doing everything we
can to help in their development."
Heading into next week's winter meetings, which will be held virtually, the
Marlins' priorities include upgrading the bullpen and adding a veteran bat, Ng
said. But improvement can also come from within, she said, because so many
prospects are on the cusp of major league success.
"If just one of those guys lives up to their potential that we haven't seen
yet, that would be a huge impact on our club," Ng said.
The Marlins likely won't be too busy in the free agent market, because they
don't want veterans clogging competition.
"Whenever we can give a prospect a chance to play, we really would like to do
that," Ng said. "The quicker they come along and develop, the better off we're
going to be as a club for a long time."
One veteran who could be part of the long-term plans is third baseman Brian
Anderson, who is heading into his fifth season with the Marlins. He's unlikely
to receive a long-term contract offer this winter, however, in part because the
team has a new GM.
"I personally would like to see how this year goes before we venture down that
road," Ng said, "so I have a better understanding of who he is as a player, and
I get a better sense of the situation."
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