With the calendar ready to turn to 2021, here’s a look at the top 10 stories in Major League Baseball from 2020:
10. Marlins hire Ng
The Marlins’ hiring of Kim Ng as general manager in November made sports history. Ng shattered two glass ceilings at once, becoming both the first woman GM of a major North American professional sports franchise and MLB’s first GM of East Asian descent.
The hiring wasn’t shocking from a baseball standpoint; Ng’s resume speaks for itself. She’s worked full time in baseball since 1991, including stints as an assistant GM with the Yankees and Dodgers, plus nearly a decade as MLB’s senior vice president of operations. She was overly qualified for the position well before the Marlins hired her. Although it took far too long to happen, baseball is better off because of Ng’s monumental hiring.
9. Jays, Marlins, Cardinals make playoffs despite COVID-19 disruptions
All 30 teams were affected by the pandemic, but three clubs faced additional challenges. A COVID-19 outbreak shut down the Marlins for over a week while 18 players tested positive and much of the roster was turned over. The Cardinals stopped playing for almost three weeks and completed just 58 of 60 scheduled games. And while the Blue Jays