The Marlins made a historic hire by bringing in Kim Ng for the team's GM job. Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Image

Marlins hire Kim Ng, who becomes MLB's first female general manager

The Miami Marlins are breaking down gender barriers. 

Miami announced Friday that they have hired Kim Ng as their next general manager, making her Major League Baseball's first female and first Asian American GM.

Ng most recently served as MLB's senior vice president of baseball operations for nine years. She also has served as assistant general manager for the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, working with clubs that made the playoffs eight times and won three World Series titles. 

The 51-year-old will be the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among the league's 30 teams and is the first female GM in any of the major North American men's sports leagues.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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