Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre, who worked with Kim Ng in Los Angeles and New York, said Sunday that the former assistant general manager with the Dodgers and Yankees would be a good choice to fill the vacant GM spot with the Angels.
"I think she's ready," said Torre, a former Dodgers and Yankees manager who hired Ng to assist him in the commissioner's office, where he is the executive vice president for baseball operations. "It would be a terrible loss for us. But I think she is ready to take that next step."
Ng, who in the past has interviewed for general manager positions with the Seattle Mariners, Dodgers and San Diego Padres, is among the leading candidates to replace Tony Reagins, who resigned at the end of the regular season.
The Angels are said to also have interest in Rick Hahn, the Chicago White Sox's vice president and assistant GM; Jerry Dipoto, a senior vice president with the Arizona Diamondbacks; and Yankees executives Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer, among others.
"She hit the ground running in this job she has now," Torre said of Ng, whom he hired away from the Dodgers front office last spring. "And she has the tougher side of our office where she has to deal with the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Asia -- just a lot of things that are not easy to do.
"And she has made her imprint already on what's going on."
If the Angels hire Ng, she would become the first female general manager in any major U.S. sport.
-- Kevin Baxter in Arlington, Texas
Photo: Kim Ng. Credit: John Raoux / Associated Press