Baseball trailblazer Kim Ng will not be returning to the Miami Marlins next season after opting to leave the franchise.
Ng, the first female general manager in Major League Baseball history and the highest-ranking female in any organisation in the US major leagues, has declined her option for 2024 and will pursue other opportunities.
Her decision comes after the Marlins were swept in their best-of-three series against the Philadelphia Phillies after reaching the play-offs in a full 162-game season for the first time since 2003.
Ng, who was appointed in November 2020, told the Athletic: “Last week, Bruce (Sherman) and I discussed his plan to reshape the Baseball Operations department. In our discussions, it became apparent that we were not completely aligned on what that should look like and I felt it best to step away.
“I wish to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Marlins family and its fans for my time in South Florida.
“This year was a great step forward or the organization, and I will miss working with Skip and his coaches as well as all of the dedicated staff in baseball operations and throughout the front office. They are a very talented group and I wish them great success in the future.”
Sherman will now start a “thorough and extensive” search for her replacement.
He said: “Although the club exercised its team option for her to return for the 2024 season, Kim has declined her mutual option. We thank Kim for her contributions during her time with our organization and wish her and her family well.
“We will immediately begin a thorough and extensive search for new leadership as we plan to continue to invest in the Marlins organization both on and off the field. We are committed to our fans and the South Florida community and look to build off the momentum of the great progress of this year.”