Angels To Interview Ng, Interested In Levine

7:55pm: The Angels will interview Rick Hahn of the White Sox and Tory Hernandez, their own manager of baseball information, along with Oppenheimer, Eppler, Ng and Dipoto, according to Yahoo's Tim Brown (Twitter links).  The interviews will likely take place in the coming week.

12:18pm: The Angels are also interested in Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine, report Olney and Mark Saxon.  Levine has ties to the area, having worked for the Dodgers for a year and earned his MBA from UCLA.

10:59am: The Angels will interview Kim Ng for their GM opening, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.  Ng currently works for MLB with a focus on international operations.  She was previously the Dodgers' assistant general manager for nine years, and interviewed for three GM vacancies during that time.  Before that, Ng was assistant GM with the Yankees and also worked for the White Sox and MLB.  Ng, who ranked tenth on our list of GM candidates, would be the first female to take on the role.

So far we've heard that Diamondbacks' Jerry Dipoto and the Yankees' Damon Oppenheimer and Billy Eppler will be interviewed for the Angels GM job.  Owner Arte Moreno outlined his criteria earlier this month.


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76 Comments on "Angels To Interview Ng, Interested In Levine"


JasonHeywardIsGod
3 years 10 months ago

A female GM, has that ever happened before?

cachhubguy
3 years 10 months ago

What do you think Selig will want for compensation?

inleylandwetrust
3 years 10 months ago

ūüėČ

cachhubguy
3 years 10 months ago

Not in baseball.

Christopher Soto
3 years 10 months ago

Not sure but i like the idea :)

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

I think it’s great. Everything I’ve ever read about her says that she is competent and knows her stuff. That should be the only focus. History is full of examples of folks who were repeatedly told that they could not do something due to their gender or race…who then went on to do it and do it well.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Didn’t someone within the organization say something to the extent of “he or she” could be the next GM just the other day. I was a bit clueless to who that was at the time. It seems like they could have a strong preference to go with Kim and I say that without really knowing much, but if the owner makes that statement a week ago, it seems that it was someone who was already in mind. Interesting. Gut feeling. Could be a good thing.

3 years 10 months ago

Yes, it was Arte Moreno in an interview.¬† When describing the candidate, he said “he” and then corrected himself and said he should say he or she, because there are some very qualified women.¬† I knew as soon as I read that Kim Ng would get an interview.¬†

3 years 10 months ago

Read the same story and had the same feeling. I just hope she doenst get the job. We need a winning GM Kim has worked with the Doyers for the last 5+ yrs NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

3 years 10 months ago

That’s a superficial take. The Dodgers’ troubles are not sourced to Ng — she wasn’t even with the club this season. The Dodgers made the postseason three of the last five years she was with that club. She oversaw the extension of Billingsley — she had a big hand in drafting or trading for the likes of Ethier, Kemp and Kershaw.

John DiRienzo
3 years 10 months ago

uhh, do you know who she is at all? she’s actually extremely intelligent and competent. i wouldn’t just rule her out because of her affiliation with a team that pretty much went bankrupt due to the owner alone

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

Nope.

es0terik
3 years 10 months ago

What matters more is… is she hot? ūüėģ

3 years 10 months ago

It says this right in the article: “she would be the first female to take on the role.”

3 years 10 months ago

she’s 100 times smarter than you

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

and like most women frequently do, they’ll tell you that right to your face..:)

Alex
3 years 10 months ago

Pardon? Care to elaborate on that?

the_show
3 years 10 months ago

Who gives a crap if she is a woman as long as she knows her craft, she has a lot of experience

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

Several players might give a crap. The counter argument to a female GM is there will be some players who won’t like having a female boss and several other players who might shy away from signing simply because they’d be answering to a woman.

For the record I’m not saying Ng shouldn’t get the job, I think she could potentially be a good GM. However she’d be under far more scrutiny than most GMs and there is the worry about who might not want to follow her.

Commander_Nate
3 years 10 months ago

Such¬†players could just¬†STFU, accept their 6-8 figure paychecks and do their jobs. Just sayin’.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

And yet the league will still have primadonnas and owners who will accommodate them.

Commander_Nate
3 years 10 months ago

Arte Moreno doesn’t strike me as that type of owner. Scioscia definitely isn’t that type of manager either (see Jose Guillen).

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

Sure, but that is how it is for any person who breaks new ground – in baseball or in anything else. He or she is going to get a lot of crap from folks who are stuck in old ways of thinking, but if the person is competent and perseveres, sooner or later he or she will be accepted. Jackie Robinson was one very good example of that. For Ng to have stuck it out for as long as she has in an atmosphere that is not welcoming to women means that she is prepared to take that on. I give her a lot of props for that.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

While true even Jackie Robinson still needed someone to give him the chance. Someone has to give Ng the reigns.

That said, I’d think Moreno is one of the more likely owners… and it doesn’t hurt that she’d replace Reagins.

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

Oh yeah, that someone would have to give her the reins is a given, but I was actually taking things a step further and talking about what she’d likely face if actually given the job.

I agree about Moreno. Clearly he is one of the more open-minded owners out there. That is encouraging to see in the predominantly “old boy” world of team ownership.

mikeclyne
3 years 10 months ago

she has worked for yankees/dodgers (pre-McCourtt mess)/mlb…not a bad resume…

55saveslives
3 years 10 months ago

She has an impressive resume. Being a woman shouldn’t stop anyone from hiring her. Their have been female owners.

tiduss
3 years 10 months ago

There*

55saveslives
3 years 10 months ago

Sorry I ruined your day.

tiduss
3 years 10 months ago

Sorry you can’t tell the difference. I felt bad for you.

55saveslives
3 years 10 months ago

lol!  I feel bad for someone who logs on to a baseball website and whines about grammar instead of adding anything to the conversation. 

Enjoy your day sir!

3 years 10 months ago

Kim is a very smart lady and has been around baseball for years.¬† She has strong ties to the MLB and real strong ties with agents.¬† She had an inportant role in the Yankees run in the late 90’s early 2000’s. Same with the Dodgers.

3 years 10 months ago

She’s been considered a top candidate for years.¬† She will be the first female GM, it’s just a matter of when it will happen for her.¬† After Torre left the Dodgers and went to work for MLB, he took Ng with him.¬† I would be proud of Arte for taking the leap with her.¬† She’s got the analytical and communication skills Arte wants, as well as connections throughout baseball and experience with International Operations.¬† I’m not sure if she has the scouting experience at all though.¬† She obviously didn’t play at all. I still think DiPoto is going to get the job, but Oppenheimer looks like a good fit also.¬† He’s got the resume for it.¬†

gradylittle
3 years 10 months ago

I think eventually, she’ll get a job, she’s more than qualified.

NathanielS
3 years 10 months ago

I imagine she would not let Fat Mike run over her decisions. She has been working with the largest egos in the game for years.

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

She is known as a beast in Arbitration hearings…

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

Yes…just ask Eric Gagne.

sourbob
3 years 10 months ago

Very true. I believe one of her bragging points is that she has beaten Boras badly in arbitration.

Reign Delay
3 years 10 months ago

Wow I like her already!

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

She would do an awesome job at negotiations and dealing w/ other executives and agents (her strengths) but I’m not sure how she is w/ player talent evaluations….she might need a strong scouting staff working w/ her to be successful….and since the team’s current scouting seems to be vacant(or skeleton at the top)….who does she get to work under her? Will some scouts not like having a woman as a boss?

I’m not against it….I would put her in contention(top 3-5)

sourbob
3 years 10 months ago

Her non-GM MLB experience is in player development and international operations. I think she’s fairly qualified from the scouting side, too.

Alex
3 years 10 months ago

Your senseless close-mindedness is extremely disappointing. Please grow up.

John DiRienzo
3 years 10 months ago

i think (hope) he was kidding

inleylandwetrust
3 years 10 months ago

Yes. Yes I was.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 10 months ago

Please don’t take things over the internet so seriously.¬†

3 years 10 months ago

How do you pronounce her last name? “Nidge”? “Nig”? “Inge”?

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

Ang

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

Maybe you’d know better. It’s just that I had a friend named “Ng” and he always said to pronounce it as “Eng.”

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

w/ your friends accent it probably sounded like “Eng”….haha….I thought it was pronounced “Ing” but when doing research on her there is a story that says pronounced “Ang”

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

“Eng”

55saveslives
3 years 10 months ago

My coworker is from China…she said “Ing”. As opposed to “eng” or “ang”.

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

¬†I thought it was pronounced “Ing” but when doing research on her there is a story that says pronounced “Ang”

I wonder if it’s different if they are from different territories? or they just like to F w/ us and it really doesn’t matter….haha

55saveslives
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah… My coworker said its actually more of a Vietnamese name but also is used in China. She is Cantonese so its possible different regions pronounce it different.

Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

I’m guessing these differences may be due to regional dialects. If even the smallest countries have them I imagine a huge country like China would have a number of pronunciation variations.

Pete
3 years 10 months ago

Ask Master P

NathanielS
3 years 10 months ago

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Pete
3 years 10 months ago

It’s semi-disgusting that its taken so long. Its an internal job, every person regardless what gender they are should be able to succeed. She’s been around a while and has gotten nothing but glowing reviews, she deserves a shot.

Baseball Whiz
3 years 10 months ago

I think she can be good if she can develop stars through the system and aquire bats and relief help so the angels can be a serious threat to the 2 time defending AL champs rangers if they steal Wilson they have a great shot to be but she needs to fill the holes they can’t trade wells so they need to trade either trout trumbo bojorous hunter abreu or moralas I say abreu

3 years 10 months ago

The interview should go like this: 

Arte: So, Kim, what do you think of our catching situation? 

Kim: Well, I understand that Jeff Mathis is a premium defensive catcher, but given his severe offensive shortcomings, we should non-tender him and look to upgrade the position via short-term contract through free agency. 

Arte: But Mike loves Mathis. 

Kim: Don’t care.¬†

Arte: You’ve got the job.¬†

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

I think a stop gap vet back up C would be good to let Conger learn under…yes I know Scioscia is the “God” but I think that is too much pressure on the kids shoulders…someone like Rod or Ramon to split duties w/ Conger….Wilson to me is what he is…not a good hitter and not a bad defender….just a 3rd C

3 years 10 months ago

I’ve been suggesting Rod Barajas for awhile now… I think he’d be perfect on a one year deal…let Conger get 1-2 games a week to start the season, and grow from there. That alone would boost the batting order consistently. ¬†

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

I have thought about that for a while but know they wouldn’t do it (probably still won’t) b/c that would say in a round about way that Scioscia isn’t as good at grooming catchers as everyone claims….he is a very knowledgeable C and has a ton to offer BUT I don’t think he’s a good teacher…thats not a knock….Carew had a hard time as a hitting coach…some that can do can’t teach those who don’t have the same skill set and have too high of standards or expectations…it wouldn’t be a knock on his managing

OCSportsGeek
3 years 10 months ago

What he said. +111

zcoughlin2
3 years 10 months ago

Ng was instrumental in the Hideki Matsui signing for the Yankees. She was credited by that organization as being instrumental in building their dynasty.

Also, remember a few years ago, she took some crap from a Mets F.O. guy. Came up to her and started imitating an Asian language. He ended up getting canned. She has the stones to deal with the ignorance. I’d take her in KC!

sourbob
3 years 10 months ago

The real takeaway from the Bill Singer incident is that Kim Ng pulled a play from the Jackie Robinson playbook and handled Singer’s racist remarks with stoic, unflappable grace. She let the system take care of him and kept her thoughts on the matter private and her dignity intact. When folks hem and haw over how baseball will react to its first female GM, they should remember that Ms. Ng has already been faced with one of the worst good ol’ boy morons in recent sports history and she simply shrugged and walked away.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 10 months ago

Careful, not many people here appreciate a good ole sexist joke

3 years 10 months ago

Hahahahahahaqhaaahahahahaha

bill
3 years 10 months ago

somewhere, alex remington’s panties are soaking wet