Dodgers to Interview Kim Ng For GM Spot

The Dodgers search for a general manager turned inward as they announced they will interview Kim Ng for the vacant general manager job. Ng, the assistant general manager ince 2002 under Paul DePodesta and his predecessor, Dan Evans, will interview with Owners Frank and Jamie McCourt, probably before the start of the GM meetings next week in Palm Springs.

All indications are Ng, 36, who is Asian-American, is a serious candidate rather than just a token interview to satisfy Major League Baseball's minority requirements. If hired, she would become the first female general manager in the game's history. In fact, it is believed that no woman has interviewed for a GM job.

Ng is one of only two women to hold the position of assistant general manager in Major League Baseball. Her primary duties have been to assist in player acquisitions and contract negotiations, coordinate player transactions, scouting and the player development department, oversee the club's arbitration efforts and manage the day-to-day operation of the baseball department.

In addition, in 2004, she served as acting farm director after the departure of Bill Bavasi. Prior to joining the Dodgers, Ng was vice president and assistant general manager of the New York Yankees for four years. The Yankees reached the World Series each of those seasons.

Before joining the Yankees, she was in the offices of the American League, where she was director of waivers and records, approving all transactions. She began her career as a special projects analyst with the Chicago White Sox after graduating from the University of Chicago.

While with the White Sox, she worked with Dan Evans, who brought her to the Dodgers when he became general manager.

Ng is expected to represent the Dodgers at baseball's general manager meetings that begin Monday. She has been handling personnel matters since DePodesta's departure.

Dodger owner Frank McCourt also spoke with John Hart, another general manager candidate, and they have scheduled a formal interview for the coming days.

Hart resigned as the Rangers' general manager in early October to become a consultant to owner Tom Hicks. The Rangers had just concluded their third losing season in four years, all in Hart's tenure.

Less than a month later, Hart said he would be interested in becoming the Dodger general manager, and now will meet with McCourt to discuss it.

One baseball executive with knowledge of the situation said Hart was "a serious candidate" for the Dodger job.

Theo Epstein, who resigned as general manager of the Boston Red Sox this week, also reportedly has been approached by the Dodgers, but will not talk to any other clubs until next week. However, ESPN reported that he was not interested in the Dodger job.

San Diego general manager Kevin Towers won't be a candidate for the job. He told that he informed Padres CEO Sandy Alderson that he will stay with the club and not pursue a position with anyone else.

Washington GM Jim Bowden, who has been rumored to be in contention for the Dodgers job, is a longshot for the job. The Dodgers have yet to ask the Nationals for permission to meet with Bowden.

The Dodgers haven't asked Florida for permission to interview Marlins GM Larry Beinfest, who is known to have a strong interest in the job, and there were indications on that even if such permission were sought, it might not be granted.

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