Monday, November 16, 2020

Glass. Ceiling. Shattered.



NOVEMBER 16, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Glass. Ceiling. Shattered.

by Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald

"She has spent three decades in Major League Baseball front offices and as one of the sport’s rising executives in baseball operations. She spent the past 15 of those years on the cusp of history only to be rejected time and time again.

Kim Ng’s time has finally come. On Friday, she broke one of MLB’s biggest glass ceilings.

The Miami Marlins hired Ng (pronounced ANG) as the fifth general manager in the franchise’ 28-year history.

She is the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among MLB’s 30 teams and the second person of Asian-American descent to run a baseball team, joining the San Francisco Giants’ president of baseball operations Farhad Zaidi with that distinction.

>> DIII Connection: Ng played softball at the University of Chicago. A third-baseman for the Maroons, she hit .388 with a home run and six RBI in 23 games in 1989 as a junior.

>> Quotable: “This challenge is one I don’t take lightly,” Ng, who turns 52 on Tuesday and will be formally introduced in a Zoom press conference on Monday, said in a Friday press release announcing her hire. “When I got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a Major League team, but I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals."

>> What They're Saying: “Kim’s appointment makes history in all of professional sports and sets a significant example for the millions of women and girls who love baseball and softball. The hard work, leadership and record of achievement throughout her long career in the National Pastime led to this outcome, and we wish Kim all the best as she begins her career with the Marlins.” - Rob Manfred, commissioner, MLB

>> What's Next: "In her role with the Marlins, Ng will oversee the Marlins’ baseball operations but work in unison with CEO Derek Jeter, vice president of baseball operations and scouting Gary Denbo, assistant general managers Brian Chattin and Dan Greenlee, and the team’s scouting departments among others to make roster decisions."

>> The Final Word: “I entered Major League Baseball as an intern and, after decades of determination, it is the honor of my career to lead the Miami Marlins as their next General Manager."

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>> 2018 UChicago Magazine story

2. Updated Return-to-Sport Guidelines


The NCAA has released the Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Developing Standards for Practice and Competition, Second Edition, to update and extend previous guidance considering new and emerging information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The document includes considerations specific to the prevention of community spread of COVID-19, reclassification of transmission risk of sport based on emerging information, and COVID-19 testing and masking for athletes, officials and other Tier 1 personnel. Other considerations included in the document:

  • Differentiating outdoor from indoor sport.
  • Testing strategies that include use of PCR testing, or antigen testing that is performed with a regular cadence, as the standard testing methods for high transmission risk indoor sports.
  • Updated cardiac and exercise considerations for athletes who have developed COVID-19.
  • Updated travel considerations.
  • Considerations for discontinuation of athletics.

This latest guidance also serves to remind schools about the continuation of requirements from the NCAA Board of Governors related to the conduct of fall sports championships and student-athlete well-being. It also includes a reminder about the NCAA COVID-19 Concern Hotline for college athletes, parents or others to report alleged failures to adhere to obligations reflected in the resocialization standards or allegations that a school is putting student-athletes at risk for COVID-19.

>> Keep Reading


3.  COVID Scorecard

We will continue to update the winter and spring competition seasons for schools and conferences.

Moving Forward

Waiting to Make Call

Canceled Conference Play and Championships

Institutions Opting Out 

Athletics Activity Suspended
4. Weekend Stars
5.  Picturesque
We have been thrilled with the response we have received to our simple query:

What is the most picturesque outdoor sporting venue in Division III?

Here are more submissions ... 

Silfen Field, Connecticut College

Athletic Complex, Smith College

Keep them coming to or submit via our twitter site @D3Playbook.

We do request photos from the ground, stands or press box, as opposed to aerial shots, which, we may have to feature another time.

6.  Comings and Goings
7.  1 Golf Thing

Oversized golf ball on a tee
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Golf was a physical and mental safe haven for millions of Americans with cabin fever this year, and even moderate retention of the sport's newcomers could help buoy an entire industry for years to come, Axios Sports reporter Jeff Tracy writes.

By the numbers:

  • More rounds: September saw a 25.5% increase in the number of rounds played year-over-year — the fifth straight month to surpass last year's totals.
  • More sales: Equipment sales increased 42% year-over-year in the third quarter to just over $1 billion. It was the industry's second-best quarter ever.

Keep reading.


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