Let the search begin. The Miami Marlins are looking for a new General Manager after it was announced on Monday that Kim Ng won't return in 2024. Ng won't return because she declined her mutual option. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Marlins had offered Ng a contract extension beyond the mutual option.
"Although the club exercised its team option for her to return for the 2024 season, Kim has declined her mutual option," Marlins chairman and principal owner Bruce Sherman said in a statement. "We thank Kim for her contributions during her time with our organization and wish her and her family well."
Ng said she and Sherman didn't have the same vision for the Marlins front office. "Last week, Bruce and I discussed his plan to reshape the Baseball Operations department," Ng told The Athletic. "In our discussions, it became apparent that we were not completely aligned on what that should look like, and I felt it best to step away."
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Marlins wanted to hire a president of baseball operations over Ng, which led to her departure.
Ng became the first woman GM of a major sports league when she was hired by the Marlins in 2020. Ng made the Marlins a much better team in three seasons than before her arrival. Ng's acquisitions helped the Marlins become a club that can make the playoffs. The Marlins were 84-78 this year and lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL Wild Card series. This year's playoff appearance was the Marlins' first since COVID-19 shortened 2020 season and the first full-season playoff appearance since 2003, when they won the World Series.
Ng could go to the Boston Red Sox as they are looking for a new GM; she will definitely be a candidate for that job.
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