"This challenge is one I don't take lightly"

BBC reports that Major League Baseball (MLB) has hired its first ever female General Manager.

Kim Ng has been hired by the Miami Marlins to replace current GM Michael Hill.

The Chinese American will be the league’s first Asian as well as its first female to take on the position.

“When I got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a major league team,” she said. “But I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals.”

“This challenge is one I don’t take lightly,” added Ng.

“My goal is to bring championship baseball to Miami. I am both humbled and eager to continue building the winning culture our fans expect and deserve.”

The 51-year-old has 30 years of baseball experience, having worked for he Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.

When Ng served as assistant general manager for the Yankees, the team won three World Series titles.

Ng has worked in the MLB commissioner’s office as senior vice-president for baseball operations since 2011.

Marlins chief executive Derek Jeter expressed excitement for bringing Ng on board. “We look forward to Kim bringing a wealth of knowledge and championship-level experience to the Miami Marlins.”

“On behalf of principal owner Bruce Sherman and our entire ownership group, we look forward to Kim bringing a wealth of knowledge and championship-level experience to the Miami Marlins,” said in a statement.

“Her leadership of our baseball operations will play a major role on our path toward sustained success. Additionally, her extensive work in expanding youth baseball and softball initiatives will enhance our efforts to grow the game among our local youth as we continue to make a positive impact on the South Florida community.”

In other news, Olympic gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi has become the first Malaysian to have a Barbie doll modelled after her.

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