NEW YORK – Joe Garagiola Jr. is replacing Bob Watson as Major League Baseball's disciplinarian, and Los Angeles Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng is joining the commissioner's office to work as an aide to Joe Torre.
Ng and former Arizona Diamondbacks assistant GM Peter Woodfork were hired Tuesday as MLB senior vice presidents for baseball operations. They will report to Torre, hired Feb. 26 by Commissioner Bud Selig as executive vice president of baseball operations.
Garagiola, Arizona's former GM, was given the new title of senior vice president of standards and on-field operations. He had been senior vice president of baseball operations since 2005.
He will decide discipline for on-field infractions, such as beanballs. Watson, who had held that job since 2002, retired after last season.
Garagiola also will be responsible for pace of game, uniform policy and stadium configurations.
Ng, among the highest-ranking women in baseball, was assistant GM of the New York Yankees from 1998-01 and had been the Dodgers' assistant GM the last nine years. She also has worked for the Chicago White Sox and the American League.
Woodfork worked for MLB's labor relations department for three years, spent 2003-05 as Boston's director of baseball operations and assistant director of player development, then joined the Diamondbacks.
In addition, former umpires Randy Marsh and Rich Rieker have been promoted from umpire supervisors to directors of umpiring.