Longtime Royals CEO Dayton Moore leaves one last time – 95.5 WSB

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — (AP) — Dayton Moore has walked into the bleak first-floor interview room of Kauffman Stadium numerous times over the years, presiding over a press conference to announce high-profile deals, discuss free buyouts, and celebrate two major league titles and a long-awaited World Championship title. .

This was different, though. This was for announces his expulsion As a front office executive at the Kansas City Royals.

However, volumes have been spoken about the character of Moore, who grew up in Wichita and grew out of the royal family during their glory years in the ’70s and ’80s, and that he would ever show up on the court. He wanted to see the players again, the people in the organization – some of whom he had worked alongside for 16 years – and he said goodbye to them all.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished here, and I’m really excited about the future,” Moore said during brief remarks.

Even if he did not participate in it.

Moore said, “I have so many people to thank, and I’m going to have this opportunity, and I look forward to thanking every single one of you, and the many people in this organization and around baseball. And I’m going to do it personally. I’m going to take the time to do it. That’s important, because that’s what makes This game is strong. What makes the game strong is the belief in each other. And that’s what we’ve always tried to do.”

There were not many believers when Moore first entered Kauffman Stadium in 2006, taking over a moribund club with poor infrastructure, poor finances and no direction. Going out to the stadium meant spending an afternoon in the sun, killing time on a lazy summer’s day, knowing full well that the royals were most likely to lose.

Moore had a vision though. He began investing in Latin America, setting up academies in the Dominican Republic before every club in the majors did so. He built the Exploration Division, realizing that cash-strapped royals would need to win over their own choices. And cultivate a professional culture that still exists today.

It took nearly a decade before the fruits of his labor were realized.

The Royals won the MLS title in 2014 in a stunning race as a team of wild cards, eventually losing to the San Francisco Giants while leaving the tied run stranded at third base in Game 7 of the World Series. They repeated the league title in 2015, when they finished the job by defeating the New York Mets in five title games.

“When we won the world championship, we gave him the trophy, because we knew how hard he had to work to bring that back to Kansas City,” Salvador Perez, a longtime royal family poacher, said on Wednesday.

Baseball business can be tough. Players move around as if they were cattle, and the same is true for front-office managers and CEOs. Every team that won the World Series from 2012 to 2018 has since changed their general manager or chief of baseball operations, but members of the royal family, who have now followed suit, have followed suit.

This is what happens when the mediocre level returns.

The royals have had many bad drafts over the past decade, and players who thought they would develop into stars in some cases disappeared before they reached the major leagues. Promotions development in particular has been disastrous, and the front office has been slow to adopt the advanced analytics that successful teams use elsewhere.

The result is another frustrating season – which started with higher expectations – spent trying to avoid 100 losses.

Royals second baseball player Nicky Lopez said, “Baseball is a business, but this guy is snappy because of the Dayton type of person. I know everyone here has a different relationship with him, but for me, that’s what hurts.”

“He is an amazing person. Royal family owner John Sherman, who kept him as general manager when buying the club in 2019, acknowledged very few like him in sport or elsewhere, and then elevated him to president last season.” I would just like to reiterate the gratitude Which I feel for Dayton, now just for what he did for this privilege but how he did it.”

That character was on display for the last time on Wednesday.

Moore quietly slipped out of the interview room after his brief remarks, then walked into the club and spoke to everyone there: the players, coaches, coaches, and even the club’s attendees. Then he walked to his car and left Kauffman Stadium, but not before visiting him with attendees as well.

“He didn’t leave anyone out,” Lopez said. “This is just the person he is.”


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