Kim Ng departure is official

From Tony Jackson of

… “We haven’t worked out all the details, but a lot of my focus will be on international operations, such as the Dominican Republic,” Ng said at the Dodgers’ spring-training complex. “I talked to Joe, and he described the job, and it was something of interest to me. It took a while to process and think about. I finally came to the conclusion this job was a fantastic opportunity that I couldn’t afford to let pass me by.”

Ng denied that her decision had anything to do with any instability within the Dodgers organization resulting from owner Frank McCourt’s divorce and the possibility that the team will have to be sold.

“This is really about the opportunity in front of me,” she said. “Like I said, I have a chance to help Joe help the commissioner in changing policy and having an impact on the game in a meaningful way. That (instability) really wasn’t a part of this. Frank has been very good to me, and (general manager) Ned (Colletti) has been very good to me. This was an extremely difficult decision for me. I have been with this organization for almost half my career, and that was a big factor.

“The people I have been around all this time — I just walked in the door with Sandy Koufax — those are some of the things I am going to miss.” …

Ng said she still has the goal of becoming a general manager.

“Obviously, I have a job to do in the commissioner’s office, and I am fully committed to that,” she said. “This is a chance for me to contribute in a meaningful way to the game. In terms of my longterm aspirations, they are still there. I think if anything, this will make me a more well-rounded candidate.”

Jackson adds that “it wasn’t immediately clear whether the Dodgers — who have two other assistant GMs in Logan White, who runs the team’s amateur scouting department, and DeJon Watson, who runs the team’s player-development system — plan to hire a replacement for Ng.”

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