The Red Sox were turned down by another big-name executive.
Kim Ng, former general manager of the Marlins and the first female general manager among major North American professional sports leagues, declined an interview with Boston to lead their baseball operations, MassLive reported.
Ng, Miami’s general manager from 2021-23, helped the Marlins reach the playoffs in 2023 with an 84-78 record, but became a free agent after walking away from the team when the Marlins made him to know that they were planning to hire someone above her in the baseball operations department.
It’s unclear why Ng, who declined his 2024 mutual option with the Marlins, refused to speak with the Red Sox.
MassLive reported that Boston had strong interest in potentially replacing former director of baseball Chaim Bloom, who was fired in September.
Ng became the latest in a growing list of candidates to turn down the Red Sox.
The list of those who have now declined interviews with Boston, according to MassLive, includes Phillies general manager Sam Fuld, former Rangers general manager and current Rays advisor Jon Daniels, Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey and Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen, among others.
Former Astros general manager James Click also withdrew from the competition after an interview for family reasons, the Boston Globe reports. reported Wednesday.
Kim Ng declined to interview the Red Sox. MLB photos via Getty Images
MassLive previously reported that some potential candidates didn’t like the turnover the Red Sox have experienced in the front office over the past decade.
Bloom had 17 games remaining in his fourth season on the job in Boston when owner John Henry, president Tom Werner and CEO Sam Kennedy confirmed the news of his ouster in a team release.
“While parting ways is not taken lightly, today signals a new direction for our club,” Henry said in the September release. “Our organization has significant expectations on the field and while Chaim’s efforts to revitalize our baseball infrastructure have helped set the stage for the future, today we will begin searching for new leadership.”
According to MassLive, candidates from outside the Red Sox organization include Cubs assistant general manager Craig Breslow, Twins general manager Thad Levine, former Pirates general manager Neal Huntington and recently fired Giants manager Gabe Kapler.
Kim Ng helped the Marlins advance to the 2023 playoffs.Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post
Ng previously worked for several organizations, including the Yankees from 1998-2001, but may take time off this year, sources told MassLive.
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