03/08/2011 10:11 AM ET
Baseball Operations appointments announced
Ng, Woodfork hired; Garagiola, Marsh and Rieker to take on additional duties
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig today announced several appointments within the Baseball Operations Department.
Major League Baseball has hired Kim Ng and Peter Woodfork as Senior Vice Presidents for Baseball Operations. Ng and Woodfork will work under Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's new Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations.
Commissioner Selig said: "We are very pleased to add talented executives in Kim and Peter, both of whom have extensive experience at the club and league levels. Kim and Peter have bright futures ahead of them, and we are very happy that they will be working with Joe."
Torre added: "Kim and Peter will play key roles as we shape our Department and serve all the Clubs of Major League Baseball. I have known Kim for many years, and Peter is very familiar with much of the staff at MLB. I am looking forward to working with them."
Ng joins Major League Baseball after working the last nine years as Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Dodgers. In Los Angeles, Ng's primary duties included assisting the general manager in all facets of Major League player acquisitions, overseeing the club's arbitration efforts, and managing the daily responsibilities of the baseball operations department. Before joining the Dodgers, Ng served as Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Yankees from 1998-2001, during which time the club won three World Series. Ng began her baseball career with the Chicago White Sox in 1991 before becoming the Director of Waivers and Records for the Office of the American League. Ng, a New Jersey native, graduated from the University of Chicago, where she played softball, with a degree in Public Policy. Ng had been one of only two active female executives in Major League Baseball, and one of three female executives ever, to hold an assistant general manager position with a club.
Woodfork rejoins Major League Baseball after five years with the Arizona Diamondbacks, most recently as Vice President and Assistant General Manager. With the D-backs, he focused on management of the club's 40-man roster, contract negotiations, scouting and minor league development. Prior to joining the D-backs, Woodfork served as director of baseball operations and assistant director of player development with the Boston Red Sox from 2003-2005. Woodfork began his baseball career with the Office of the Commissioner, spending three years in MLB's Labor Relations Department, including during the 2002 labor negotiations. The Massachusetts native is a 1999 graduate of Harvard University, where he was a starting infielder for the Crimson.
In addition, Commissioner Selig announced that several members of the Baseball Operations Department will take on new duties. Joe Garagiola, Jr., who had served as Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations since 2005, now will be MLB's Senior Vice President of Standards and On-Field Operations. Among the areas to which Garagiola will tend are player discipline for on-field infractions, the pace of game program, uniform policy, stadium configurations and other on-field matters. Garagiola will report directly to Torre.
Within the Umpiring Department, Randy Marsh and Rich Rieker, both of whom had served among MLB's group of Umpire Supervisors, have been promoted to Directors of Umpiring.
Marsh was a 28-year Major League Umpire, beginning as a National League Umpire in 1982, and has more than 40 years of professional umpiring experience overall. The Kentucky native worked five World Series as an umpire and was the crew chief for three of them. During his time as an active umpire, Marsh was a part of the first joint committee on umpire training, and was one of the collaborators on the first Major League Umpire Manual. Marsh, who served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1968-1974, was appointed a Supervisor for the 2010 season.
Rieker, a Major League Umpire from 1996-2001, has been an MLB liaison to the Major League Umpires since 2002. Rieker has been heavily involved in the Umpiring Department's educational and outreach efforts. Since 2006, Rieker has coordinated the annual MLB Umpire Camps, a joint initiative of MLB, the World Umpires Association, the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation, the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring and the Wendelstedt Umpire School. The St. Louis native has participated in many cooperative programs that have brought umpiring training to members of the United States Marine Corps. He also coordinated the training of the international umpires who have worked the first two editions of the World Baseball Classic. Like Marsh, Rieker was a longtime instructor at the Wendelstedt Umpire School.
Torre said: "Joe Garagiola, Jr. is an accomplished executive, and with his experience as a general manager and his relationships throughout the game, I believe he is well suited to address on-field issues. I am eager to work with Randy Marsh and Rich Rieker, both of whom have considerable on-field experience. I have a great deal of respect for our Umpires, and Randy, Rich and our Supervisors will be our eyes and ears with the staff.
"Collectively, our goals are to protect the integrity of the game and to make the game better for the Clubs, on-field personnel, and the fans of baseball."