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As newly hired Kim Ng breaks barriers as the first woman and the first East Asian American general manager in major-league baseball, a racist attack made against her 17 years ago is resurfacing in sports media.

Ng, 51, who was hired last week by the Miami Marlins, is the first female general manager in any of the four major U.S. sports leagues.

Her road in baseball has been a long one, and in 2003, when she worked as an assistant general manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers, she was the victim of a racist attack by pitcher-turned-executive Bill Singer.

“His conduct was inexcusable and extremely disappointing,” Dan Evans, the Dodgers’ general manager at the time, told The New York Times after the incident.

“Kim handled the entire situation in a professional manner, and we addressed the matter with the New York Mets the next day.”

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