Jon Heyman: Kim Ng a serious candidate for Orioles GM role

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MLB executive Kim Ng is on the Orioles’ radar as a potential GM candidate, and they have in fact requested to interview her, sources said. Ng, who’s seeking to become the first female to lead a baseball operations department, has now been connected to all three open GM jobs, but her chances may be best in Baltimore.

It’s interesting to note that the Orioles had a brief interview with ex-Dodgers GM Ned Colletti over the summer, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported, and Colletti has a relationship with Ng from their time together in the Dodgers’ front office. Ng also had high-ranking jobs with the Yankees and White Sox front offices. 


She has had several interviews for a GM job and though she has yet to land one, folks believe she has a good chance to break the glass ceiling now.
Ben Cherington, the well-respected former Red Sox GM who declined chances to pursue the Mets and Giants jobs, was connected to the Orioles job by Andy Martino of SNY in New York. Cherington certainly is qualified, and it’s been said about him that he’d like an opportunity to build an organization from the ground up; the timing could be right for Baltimore since they are at a low point after a half dozen mostly successful seasons under Dan Duquette, who was recently let go. 

If Cherington gets the job, that would make it two straight Amherst grads in that seat in Baltimore, the second originally hired for the Red Sox front office by the first.

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Ng has done a wide variety of front office jobs. Since leaving the Dodgers she’s worked at MLB, where she is again teaming up with Joe Torre, who was in New York and L.A. with her.

These are the first two names to surface in the Orioles search. So, either the Orioles are great at keeping their process secret, or they are taking a careful approach to their two key hires — manager and GM — as names have yet to surface.

Jon Heyman is Fancred's baseball insider. He publishes his weekly Inside Baseball column each Thursday on the App and FancredSports.com. You can download the App here and interact with Jon by following him right here.

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