The Miami Marlins were dealt an unexpected and painful blow when the franchise and General Manager Kim Ng parted ways. Ng, the first female GM in MLB history, found great success leading Miami to their first postseason berth since the COVID-adjusted 2020 postseason berth. It was only the Marlins' second playoff appearance since their World Series title in 2003.
Why Chaim Bloom is the best Candidate to Replace Kim Ng as Miami Marlins' GM
The roster proved deserving of a postseason spot despite key injuries to players like reigning CY Young winner Sandy Alcantra, Trevor Rogers, Max Meyer, and Sixto Sanchez, as well as an inning limit by budding ace Eury Perez. The club seemed on track to build on its momentum and make postseason waves in 2024 and beyond.
It has since been reported that the split was due to the Marlins attempting to hire a Baseball President to whom Ng would report. The loss of Ng cannot be understated. She showed true excellence at building a winning depth chart during her time in Miami. Her leadership and roster construction savvy will be sorely missed. However, with Ng gone, the franchise must now place its future in the hands of another GM.
All of this begs the most important question on the Marlins' docket: Who will take over this key front-office role? There is one available candidate that should be given priority: Former Rays and Red Sox executive Chaim Bloom
Reports are beginning to circulate that Ng could become a favorite to land the vacant GM role with the Boston Red Sox. Ironically, the executive that Boston let go to create that void could very well be the best candidate for the Marlins.
Chaim Bloom found great success during his previous stint as an MLB executive in Florida. He held several key front office positions, including Vice President (and second on command) of Baseball Operations with the Tampa Bay Rays, during which the club found consistent success.
Even more impressive, was the fact that Chaim Bloom's club was able to navigate a super-competitive AL East while consistently finding regular and postseason success with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball.
The Rays quickly developed a reputation for finding value in the margins, particularly when it came to identifying and developing top-tier starting pitching. This also happens to be an inarguable strength for a Marlins franchise that has produced aces like Alcantara, Perez, Pablo Lopez, Jose Fernandez, and more in recent years.
A pairing between the two could form a dangerous tandem that gives Miami a tangible advantage as they compete with heavyweight franchises like the Braves, Phillies, and Mets in a hyper-competitive NL East.
While Bloom admittedly struggled with the high pressure, expectations, and payroll opportunities in Boston, a return to a smaller market could be a fitting career pivot. His dismissal in Boston should allow a team like Miami to take a flier at a discounted rate.
While Bloom does not carry the momentum nor the recent success that Ng boasted, he does offer real hope to a club that is finding its footing. If he is able to capture even a portion of his Tampa Bay success, Chaim Bloom would be well worth the Fish’ consideration. He should be on the club’s short list of top GM candidates.