In 1997, she was hired by the New York Yankees as assistant general manager, which made her youngest in the major leagues, at age 29. She joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001 as assistant GM.
In November 2003, she was involved in an incident when New York Mets special assistant to the general manager Bill Singer mocked her ethnic Chinese background. (Her father was U.S.-born of Chinese descent and mother Thailand-born of Chinese descent.) Singer was dismissed for his remarks on November 18, 2003.
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USA Today - Mets likely to fire scout for racially insensitive remarks (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/nl/mets/2003-11-16-singer-job_x.htm)
Ng, who is 36, is aware that some people think that rather than hurting, race and gender have helped, pushing her image from good—no one questions her capabilities—to great because the sport needs to show a progressive side.
Ng believes another White Sox official, senior vice president Jack Gould, was not as easily convinced: “I could tell he was skeptical about me, as a woman, from the questions he asked.” Once they worked together, Ng says, she tried to see where their strengths were complementary.
Ng was “the glue of the baseball operation.” He signed her to a multiyear contract after the season’s end in October.
Ng, the Dodgers' vice president and assistant general manager, and Roy Smith, vice president of player development, are here as co-interim GMs this week in the aftermath of Paul DePodesta's firing, laying the groundwork for what Los Angeles hopes is a winter of adding a key bat or two.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman, who employed Ng as his assistant from 1998-2001 because he was highly impressed with her knowledge of waiver rules and other technicalities, said she did a "tremendous job" with the Yankees and he figures she has only grown since moving on to the Dodgers in 2002.
Ng (pronounced, "Eng"), speaking between meetings scheduled here Tuesday afternoon, was uncomfortable discussing either her candidacy for the Dodgers job or her prospect of becoming the first woman GM in the game's history.
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