Royals fire CEO who helped build the 2015 World Championship Team

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Dayton Moore, an executive at Kansas City Royals Since 2006, it has been launched on Wednesdays.

The front-office move comes as the Royals are in their sixth straight season under 0.500, and hold the record 59-89 in the Central American League Enter play Wednesday.

Team owner John Sherman announced the move at a press conference, with Moore speaking about the situation before leaving.

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General Manager Dayton Moore (C) listens to manager Ned Yost talk about his retirement from baseball before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Kauffman Stadium on September 24, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Yost, who led the royal family to a world title in 2015 and is the team’s coach of the year, will retire after the season finale on September 29.
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said Sherman, who bought the club from David Glass in 2019 while retaining Moore as general manager before doing head of baseball operations in 2022.

“In 2022, we’ve backtracked, and it’s happening. It makes a great difference. But when I started talking to Dayton and others, I felt we needed to change more than was talked about, and that was a big reason to make that change.”

JJ Picollo, who Sherman brought in as general manager this season, will now take over the role of head of baseball operations. He was the first person Moore hired since he took over as General Motors in 2006, but the dynamic never really worked.

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“I’ve known JJ since he was 21,” Moore noted in his short speech. “He’s an incredible leader, and as I’ve mentioned before, he’s more than willing to lead the Baseball Operations Division in a very innovative and productive way.”

Moore’s influence on the royal family is undeniable. He took charge in 2006 and the team finished that year with a 100-time losing season in a row. Slowly but surely, Moore and his team trusted the process of acquiring and developing young talent.

General Manager Dayton Moore (left) and owner John Sherman of the Kansas City Royal watch a game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first half at Kauffman Stadium on May 18, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri.

General Manager Dayton Moore (left) and owner John Sherman of the Kansas City Royal watch a game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first half at Kauffman Stadium on May 18, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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The royal family took their time with it Rise as competitors in the world championship But they made the most of it in 2015 when they went on tour to defeat the New York Mets in five games.

Moore and his team can be credited with finding talents like Salvador Perez, who is still on the team, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Mike Mustakas, Wyatt Merryfield and most recently Bobby Waite Jr.

“He’s a great guy, a great person,” Perez said. “It’s hard to know? I never thought he would leave this organization.”

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What Moore has consistently dealt with is a small market budget, like a lot of other clubs across the league. When players like Hosmer, Cain and Mustakas reached their peak of play, he had to make the decision to let them go and get their lucrative deals at free agency.

Moore’s crafting wasn’t the best either, which is why they haven’t found that spark like they did in 2015. At the end of the day, without the big budget of teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mets, and New York Yankees, the royals have to compete by crafting young talent. well and developed. The Tampa Bay Rays are a prime example of successfully doing things this way.

Dayton Moore's general manager of the Kansas City Royals watches batting practice before the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Kauffman Stadium on June 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dayton Moore’s general manager of the Kansas City Royals watches batting practice before the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Kauffman Stadium on June 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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That would be Picollo’s goal now, while Moore awaits a new opportunity in MLB.

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“There is a gap now between where we are and what we were expecting,” Sherman said. “I felt like in 2021 we made progress, and in 2022, I didn’t feel that way.”