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Kim Ng Says Uncertain Ownership Had Nothing To Do With Decision To Leave Dodgers

Ng says opportunity with MLB was too good to pass up
Outgoing Dodgers VP & Assistant GM Kim Ng said that the Dodgers' uncertain future "wasn't a factor in her decision to leave the club" to become MLB Senior VP/Baseball Operations, according to Jill Painter of the L.A. DAILY NEWS. Ng said that Frank and Jamie McCourt's court battle for ownership of the Dodgers was "absolutely not" a factor. Ng: "I've taken a longterm perspective on decisions I've made in my career. This was an opportunity that was [too] fantastic to let pass by. These opportunities don't come along very often. You can see some of the stability that exists in the commissioner's office. Those don't come open very often." Ng said she will be "overseeing a lot of the international operations" as part of her new job. Ng: "There's a lot going on in the Dominican Republic and potentially a worldwide draft" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 3/9). Ng added, "I have a chance to help Joe [Torre] and help the commissioner change policy and impact the game in a meaningful way." Ng said that she "would remain with the Dodgers through opening day before moving to New York for the new job." But Ng said that she "has not given up her dream of becoming" a GM. Ng: "In terms of my long-term aspirations, they're still there. If anything, this makes me a more well-rounded candidate" (L.A. TIMES, 3/9). Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said that there is "no urgency to replace Ng" because "all of the Dodgers are signed to contracts for 2011." He was "uncertain whether he would hire from outside the organization, promote from within or divide her duties among multiple people" (MLB.com, 3/8).
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