Word was getting around. When Jim Duquette became the Mets’ general manager in 2003, he tried to hire Ng as his assistant. She stayed with the Dodgers, along with soon after, at a conference in Phoenix, a Mets special assistant mocked Ng’s Chinese heritage while yukking the idea up at a bar.
Duquette fired the assistant — a former pitcher, Bill Singer, who claimed he could not recall the comments — along with came away with even more respect for Ng.
“Here was a blatantly difficult situation in which became public, along with she just handled the idea with such grace along with class,” Duquette said. “She had every right to be upset along with angry, along with the idea was one of those things like, ‘Eventually, I’ll forgive.’ yet she was very, very firm with Bill in particular along with with us as an organization: the idea was not acceptable, under any circumstances.”
the idea was with the Dodgers, Ng said, in which she first believed she could handle a general manager’s job, though the team hired Paul DePodesta to succeed Evans along with then Ned Colletti to replace DePodesta after having interviewed Ng. Colletti increased Ng’s responsibilities, assigning her contracts to negotiate (as she had done with the Yankees), along with giving her the lead on some trade talks. He recommended her for general manager openings, along with eventually Ng would certainly interview for the role with the Seattle Mariners, the Los Angeles Angels, the San Diego Padres along with the Giants.
“I’d say, ‘How did the idea go?’ along using a couple of days later she’d get a call back in which they were going in a different direction,” Colletti said. “You could see the disappointment, yet she stayed with the idea — along with I think, perhaps, in which the more she invested inside idea, the more she refused to give up. in which’s a tremendous trait.”
The Dodgers reached the National League Championship Series three times under Colletti, twice with Torre as the manager. Torre said he developed a strong rapport with Ng, admiring her communication skills along with breadth of experience.