Credit…Associated Press, Getty Images, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Boston Globe, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB Jan. 29, 2021Updated 6:19 p.m. ET Kim Ng brought hope to baseball when the Miami Marlins hired her as the team’s general manager in November, making her the first woman and second person of Asian descent to run a major-league team’s baseball operations.
Only four heads of club baseball operations are identified as nonwhite by M. L.B.’s diversity goals — about 13 percent of M. L.B.’s 30 teams.
They are Kenny Williams, who is Black, of the Chicago White Sox; Farhan Zaidi, who is of Asian descent, of the San Francisco Giants; Al Avila, who is Latino, of the Detroit Tigers; and Ng.
“It weighs on me and it’s something that I want to fix,” said Neil Leibman, who recently took over as the chairman of M. L.B.’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee, which is made up of team owners and league officials.
First proposed by the former commissioner Bud Selig in 1999, the rule requires that clubs consider minority candidates for openings in five top baseball positions, including general manager and manager.