A little over one week after hiring Joe Torre as his top lieutenant and one day after announcing the dismissal of three veteran Major League Baseball executives, commissioner Bud Selig continued his structuring of MLB's executive office by announcing two new hires this morning.
Former Dodgers assistant general manager/vice president Kim Ng and former Diamondbacks assistant GM/VP Peter Woodfork will each join MLB as senior vice presidents for baseball operations, Selig announced in a press release this morning. They will report to Torre, whom Selig unveiled as MLB's new executive vice president for baseball operations on Feb. 26.
Selig also announced changes to several existing executives' job duties. Joe Garagiola, who had served as senior vice president of baseball operations since 2005, will now serve as senior vice president of standards and on-field operations. He will focus on player discipline for on-field infractions, pace of game issues, uniform policy and stadium configurations. Randy Marsh and Rich Rieker, each of whom had worked as umpire supervisors, were promoted to director of umpiring.
Ng spent nine years with the Dodgers, became the first woman to interview for a general manager position in 2005 when she was considered for the vacant Dodgers' post and was a finalist for the Mariners' job in 2009. She assisted in player acquisitions while overseeing the Dodgers' arbitration efforts and had been considered an up-and-coming executive in baseball—this time last year, Ng was ranked among Baseball America's Top 10 GM candidates. She previously worked for the Yankees and White Sox, and was director of waivers and records for the American League.
Woodfork returns to MLB after spending five years with the Diamondbacks, focusing on managing the club's 40-man roster, contract negotiations, scouting and minor league development. Woodfork previously served as director of baseball operations and assistant farm director with the Red Sox from 2003 to 2005. Woodfork spent three years working in MLB's labor relations department.