SBD/March 8, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies

MLB Hires Ng, Woodfork As Part Of Baseball Operations Restructuring

MLB has hired Dodgers VP & Assistant GM Kim Ng and former D'Backs VP & Assistant GM Peter Woodfork as Senior VPs/Baseball Operations as part of a restructuring of the baseball operations department under Joe Torre. Several existing employees in the department will take on new roles. Senior VP/Baseball Operations Joe Garagiola Jr. will now serve as Senior VP/Standards & On-Field Operations. He will oversee player discipline for on-field infractions, pace of the game issues, stadium configurations and other on-field matters. In addition, Umpire Supervisors Randy Marsh and Rich Rieker have been promoted to Dirs of Umpiring (MLB). In N.Y. Bill Madden reports the "major restructuring" includes the dismissal of three execs: Senior Specialist of On-Field Operations Darryl Hamilton, VP/Umpiring Mike Port and VP/Operations & Administration Ed Burns. Also, Garagiola "accepts a demotion from a supervisory role to the 'dean of discipline' position." Garagiola is said to have taken a "substantial pay cut to take over the disciplinary position" previously held by Bob Watson, who retired after last season. Ng's "primary responsibilities will be in the players' area," while Woodfork is "slated to be Torre's 'point man' with the umpires" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/8). Ng today said the opportunity "came together quickly" and intrigued her. She added, "It was something of interest to me. I finally came to the conclusion it was just a fantastic opportunity I couldn't let pass by." Ng said that she will "remain with the Dodgers through opening day before moving to New York for her new job." She added that she will "specialize in international operations" (LATIMES.com, 3/8). Baseball writer Murray Chass was the first to report the dismissal of Hamilton, Port and Burns. Port in an e-mail to Chass on Friday said, "Yesterday I was advised that due to a ‘restructuring’ of the Baseball Operations/Umpiring Department my position had been ‘eliminated'" (MURRAYCHASS.com, 3/6).
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