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From Intern to GM in a Year
2005-01-14 21:54
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Thirteen months ago, 28-year-old Emily Christy was an intern for the Vero Beach Dodgers.

Thursday, she became their general manager.

The 28-year-old Christy, who rose quickly to become assistant general manager in 2004, got the promotion and will replace Trevor Gooby, who is now the Director of Florida Operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"I guess timing is everything," Christy told Dodger Thoughts today. "I've worked hard and tried to maximize every opportunity that the Dodgers have given me to learn and grow as a baseball professional. However, if you had told me six months ago that I'd be sitting in the GM chair, I would have said you were crazy."

Even earlier this week, Christy said she did not think she would get the nod. But now that it has come through, she has plenty to offer.

"Given the particular time of year when my GM career is beginning, I'd say the most important strengths that I can offer in this role are flexibility and having a fresh energy," Christy said. "With Spring Training just around the corner, it's extremely busy and new challenges arise every day. Fortunately, there is a great staff already in place here in Vero, and I like nothing more than being challenged. With our combined efforts and some good weather, we're looking forward to an exciting and successful season."

The good weather is going to be a key. Gooby and Christy had to help Vero Beach recover from last year's onslaught of hurricanes in Florida. Hopefully, there will be clear skies ahead for the Dodgers' new Class A general manager.

Steve Henson of the Times has more about the increasing importance of women in the Dodger organization.

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