On this day one year ago, the Marlins were beginning their National League Division Series matchup with the Braves, a surreal feeling considering how tumultuous the 2020 season was and how low the expectations had been for an organization still in the relatively early stages of its rebuild. But in the blink of an eye, it was over: the Fish got swept by their NL East rival. President of baseball operations Michael Hill departed. Despite overachieving during the shortened season, team ownership was itching to bring in their own guy to lead the front office (Hill was inherited from the Jeffrey Loria era).
To surprise and delight of many, the Marlins didn’t pick a “guy” to fill Hill’s shoes. Derek Jeter reached out to esteemed baseball executive Kim Ng and convinced her to come aboard as general manager.
The honeymoon phase has passed. We’ve had a full cycle of the MLB calendar with Ng on the job, observing her handling of everything from free agency, trades and contract extension negotiations to call-ups/demotions, local/national media appearances and the Rule 5 and amateur drafts.
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