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Ng, the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ assistant general manager, interviewed with Padres CEO and vice chairman Jeff Moorad, according to a person familiar with the process. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club is still in the process of finding a replacement for Kevin Towers, who was fired two weeks ago.
Both Ng and Moorad declined comment when reached Saturday night.
In her eighth season as vice president and assistant GM with the Dodgers, Ng is one of only two women executives in major league baseball to hold such a position in baseball operations.
Ng became the first woman to interview for a GM’s position when she did so with the Dodgers in 2005. The job went to Ned Colletti. She also interviewed last fall for the Seattle Mariners‘ GM job that went to Jack Zduriencik.
Before coming to the Dodgers, Ng was a top adviser to New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
The Padres have been tightlipped about the process. It’s believed that Jed Hoyer, assistant general manager of the Boston Red Sox, is the leading candidate.
Moorad has said he wants a more “strategic approach” from his GM. Towers was known more as a seat-of-the-pants GM who built four NL West winners and had his 1998 club reach the World Series, where it was swept by the Yankees.
Ng graduated from the University of Chicago, and went to work for the as a special project analyst. During her time there she became the youngest person, and the first female to present an arbitration case in MLB history. After her years with the White Sox, she was hired by the American League where she served as Director or Records and Waivers approving all American League transactions.