Kim Ng reportedly leaving Dodgers to join Joe Torre's MLB staff
Kim Ng, the Dodgers' vice president and assistant general manager, is reportedly leaving the team to become senior vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball.
The New York Daily News' Bill Madden said Ng’s hiring is part of a major restructuring of MLB’s operations department under new vice president Joe Torre, the ex-Dodgers manager.
Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick reported Ng would join Torre as his senior VP.
Madden said three senior MLB officials have been fired and Joe Garagiola Jr., while maintaining his senior VP title, would accept a demotion from a supervisory role to a ``dean of discipline’’ position.
Ng was entering her 10th season with the Dodgers, and was the first woman to interview for a general manager’s position in 2005 when the Dodgers hired Ned Colletti. Three years later she also interviewed for the GM job with the Seattle Mariners.
Ng, 42, previously was the vice president and assistant GM for the Yankees, where she also worked with Torre. She began her career in baseball as a special projects analyst for the Chicago White Sox.
Madden reported that the three fired officials included former Angels GM Mike Port, who had been the VP of umpiring, long-time VP of administration Ed Burns and senior specialist of on-field operations Darryl Hamilton.
One source likened the house cleaning to a "blood bath."
Madden said Torre’s other new hire was Peter Woodfork, the former Diamondbacks assistant GM, who will serve as Torre’s point man. Torre plans to continue to live in Los Angeles and not at MLB’s headquarters in New York.
Torre was just hired by MLB on Feb. 26, but Madden said the changes were already in place and that Ng "was eager to flee what has become a Dodger cuckoo's nest under battling owners Frank and Jamie McCourt."
-- Steve Dilbeck