INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Former Dodgers general manager Dan Evans said
he would "applaud big-time" if Kim Ng becomes the Dodgers' next GM.
"I hired her as an intern when I was the director of baseball
operations for the White Sox in 1990 and then hired her as my assistant
general manager in Los Angeles," Evans said Monday. "I have great
respect for her and whatever happens with her down the line, it will
happen because she has earned the opportunity."
The 36-year-old Ng, who also has assistant GM experience with the
Yankees, is among the Dodgers' GM candidates. The list is believed to
include former Rangers and Red Sox GMs John Hart and Theo Epstein.
Dodgers chairman Frank McCourt interviewed Ng on Saturday, spoke with
Hart on Sunday, and hopes to similarly gauge Epstein's interest in the
position that came open on Oct. 29 when Paul DePodesta was dismissed.
Ng, who is attending the annual general managers meetings, wouldn't
comment on the possibility of becoming the first female GM in Major
League Baseball history.
"I am from the mind-set that if someone is qualified to do the job,
it doesn't really matter what their background is, or what their race or
gender is," Cubs GM Jim Hendry said. "Either you can do it, or not. My
dealings with Kim always have been good and she obviously has a very
good reputation wherever she has worked."