Kim Ng on public radio

DMZ · October 9, 2008 at 8:13 am · Filed Under Mariners 

For your enjoyment, not wholly baseball-related. Thanks to DMK for the pointer.


5 Responses to “Kim Ng on public radio”

  1. MacMariner on October 9th, 2008 10:37 am

    She sounds like such an intelligent, thoughtful and composed individual. I think we’d be very lucky to have her here. Good luck Kim!

  2. Sports on a Schtick on October 9th, 2008 10:40 am

    That was great to listen to. I love that she busts out her three World Series rings from time to time!

  3. joser on October 9th, 2008 11:19 am

    You know, listening to her almost turned me into a Dodger fan for this post-season. Which actually I would be anyway if they face the Red Sox, but if the Rays make it to the WS against the Dodger I’m now going to be torn, instead of feeling entirely ir-Rays-istable.

    Some quotes I found interesting….

    Talking about playing stickball as a kid in Queens (warning, easy metaphor alert!):

    Q (5:20): “So it’s you and a bunch of guys on the street?

    A: “Yup, I was the only girl… usually was, back then.”

    Q: “Did you have to be be better than the others or were you the last one picked every time?”

    A: “You know I started out being the last one picked and then they figured out I could actually play a little bit, so I wasn’t always the last one picked. It just took them a while to figure it out.”

    Obviously much of the interview focused on her being a woman in this field, and so naturally we didn’t hear much at all about what really matters to us as M’s-fans-hoping/dreading-the-next-GM: talent evaluation and overall philosophy of building a team and an organization. But I thought it was interesting how this exchange fed into a comment she made earlier about establishing your credibility by being honest with people:

    (27:06) Q: “When you next sit in that chair as the candidate for a GM’s job what’s the one thing that you’ll tell the people asking the questions that will turn them and have them go “Yeah, we want that person — not that woman — we want that person for the job. What do you need to say?”

    A: “I think there are a lot of things. And you know I have to be very up front with what I believe will be issues in my tenure there. And you know there are going to be issues because I’m a woman. And if we hide from that fact or if we ignore that fact I think we’re not going to be better for it. And I think they need to completely understand what my perception of those issues are going to be, and then make their decision. And I’m not sure any candidate would be that up-front when they’re going for that position, but that’s my way and I couldn’t have it any other way.”

    Of course being honest to ArmLinc about what’s wrong with the M’s and what has to be done to fix them could be the one thing that most disqualifies you from getting the job.

    And finally, what should be the motto for the entire M’s organization for the forseeable future (25:48):

    I think it’s a big part of this process: managing people’s expectations.

  4. Milo on October 9th, 2008 1:09 pm

    I really like the lady, very thoughtful, well spoken and obviously intelligent.

    Can I vote for her??

  5. Mousse on October 10th, 2008 10:49 am

    Did she have any involvement in the Dodgers’ acquisition of Andruw Jones?

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