The Miami Marlins became the first professional U.S. sports team to have women in one of the four major leagues to simultaneously serve as president and general manager.
The Marlins have appointed Caroline O’Connor as president of commercial operations. Kim Ng was appointed general manager in November 2020. O’Connor will handle the off-field work, while Ng will continue to lead the team on the field.
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“I’ve always worked for top-notch organizations and definitely [chairman and principal owner] bruce [Sherman] At a press conference Monday via the team’s website, O’Connor said he’s here and really wants to see what the mandate is. “I think using best practices and being the kind of organization people want to work with and support society is exactly what we want here and most of the places I’ve come from.”
O’Connor is the second woman to serve as president of an MLB team. Catie Griggs from Seattle is the other. O’Connor was first appointed as senior vice president and chief of staff by then-CEO Derek Jeter in 2017, and then became the team’s director of operations in 2019.
O’Connor studied at Rutgers University in New Jersey and then New York University. He has worked for IBM, UBS Investment Bank and Morgan Stanley. He wasn’t considering a career in sports until Jeter called. He’s been with the Marlins ever since.
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“I think it’s huge,” he added. “I think we’re a really special organization. Bruce has a lot of trust in us and he really looked at the merits and who could do the job. I’m really excited about that. I think that makes our organization unique and keeps it afloat. It shows what women can do and the roles they can play.”
Marlins are in a state of change. The team has a budding superstar in Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Sandy Alcantara on the roster. But acquisitions like Jorge Soler and Jesus Aguilar haven’t exactly made waves for the team in 2022.
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Don Mattingly has left the management and the team has hired Skip Schumaker as the team’s manager for 2023.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.