MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas is telling us something today many did not know: that he used to work with Kim Ng, who is now the first general manager who is a woman in Major League Baseball history.
Sheriff Lucas shared in a statement Friday that he not only congratulates Kim Ng on the historic achievement, but that he in fact worked with her when she worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers and in the MLB's Office of the Commissioner.
"I offer my congratulations to her for breaking barriers in Major League Baseball in the tradition of Jackie Robinson and continuing to be an inspiration to young men and women of every color and race," Lucas wrote.
Before being Milwaukee County's sheriff, Lucas had a 17-year career in Major league Ballball, off the field of course. According to his bio on the sheriff's website, Lucas was appointed Supervisor of Security for Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig in 2002, and in 2007 became MLB's head of security. Lucas also served as Chief Liaison of Security and Investigations for the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.
On Friday, the Miami Marlins announced that Kim Ng was their new general manager, making Ng the GM who is a woman in MLB history. According to ESPN, Ng is now the highest-ranking woman employed by any of the 30 MLB teams and is likely the first woman to hold the title of general manager for any major pro sports team — though other women, like former Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask and Los Angeles Lakers President Jeanie Buss have held executive roles with pro sports teams.
"She is an extremely knowledgeable and talented baseball executive who possesses the management skills and ability to make the Miami Marlins Baseball Club a perennial winner in Major League Baseball," Sheriff Lucas Friday.