Can you say girl power? Country music star Trisha Yearwood posted her congratulation to Kim Ng for being named the general manager for the Marlins.
Trisha Yearwood was ecstatic on Twitter last night. She posted her congratulations and admiration for the Marlins for being the first time in Major League Baseball to have a female GM.
The MLB posted to their Twitter account the news with the caption “Empowered women empower women.” The organization also posted a photo of Kim NG with a quote from the 51-year-old trailblazer. In addition, she is the first Asian American GM in the MLB.
“I was fortunate enough to have strong, independent women in my life when I was growing up… The least I can do is to pay that forward.”
The tweet has gone viral with over 877 retweets, 145 quote tweets, and 5,900 likes.
Trisha Yearwood Offers Congratulations
Yearwood was one of the quote tweets, where she captioned the photo, “I love seeing this! Congrats to the Kim Ng, the Marlins, and MLB. Bravo!” The country artist has been outspoken in the past about equal rights for women, especially in the music industry.
Kim Ng History in the MLB
According to ESPN, Ng initially interviewed for the GM position for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005. Ng is no random to the sport, however, with over 30 years of experience in her baseball career.
When she was 21-years-old, she interned with the Chicago White Sox and worked her way up to the American League’s director of waivers and records. At 29, she was promoted to assistant GM for the New York Yankees. Ng was the youngest person to hold that title.
In 2001, she joined the Dodgers organization as vice president and assistant GM. In 2011, Ng was promoted once again to senior vice president of baseball operations for the MLB.
Finally, the Miami Marlin paved the way for other teams by announcing Kim Ng as their GM on Friday. They have changed their profile picture on Twitter to a photo of the woman.
This was at least her fifth time interviewing for an open GM position.
Over 93 years ago, Billy Evans was the first female to hold the position for the Cleveland Indians in 1927.
“I think there are examples of guys,” Ng told ESPN, “particularly early on in my career before I had really risen the ranks, who just hadn’t seen women before, in the front office or out on the field before batting practice. There’s a novelty about it, but definitely, some side-glancing going on. One of the things I’ve really tried to do in my career is to prove myself day in and day out and make sure I align myself with people who can be influential and who have really good reputations.”
Congratulations, Kim Ng. We are all rooting for your success!