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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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
That would be Picollo’s goal now, while Moore awaits a new opportunity in MLB.
“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.”