‘It’s time for a change’: Royals fire president of baseball operations Dayton Moore

Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 1:16 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2022 at 4:03 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Kansas City Royals Chairman and CEO John Sherman announced Wednesday afternoon that president of baseball operations Dayton Moore has been relieved of his duties.

General Manager JJ Picollo will lead the team’s baseball operations, effective immediately.

Royals chairman and CEO John Sherman holds press conference

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“The bottom line here is it’s time for a change.” Royals chairman and CEO John Sherman said.

Moore was hired as the Royals general manager in 2006. He led the Royals to two American League championships and World Series title in 2015, their first in 30 years. The team lost 100 games five times under his watch and finished under .500 more than a dozen times.

“Dayton resurrected this franchise,” Sherman said. “It was not in a good spot. He rebuilt the farm system, player development, international business. He rebuilt the team in a way that culminated in back-to-back American League pennants and a World Series championship in 2015.”

An emotional Moore spoke at the press conference Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

“Everything that makes Kansas City special is what we have always tried to represent,” he said. “I’m very proud of what we accomplished here. I’m very proud of our culture. And I’m really excited about the future of the Kansas City Royals.”

Moore was promoted to president of baseball operations prior to the 2022 season.

He has been lauded by many in for his work in the Kansas City community, including the foundation of the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy and his “C” You in the Major Leagues effort to promote baseball among youth.

Picollo worked with Moore for the Atlanta Braves before they came to Kansas City together in 2006.

The organization Picollo is tasked with taking to the next level is better off than what Moore inherited: Infielder Bobby Witt Jr. is among the leading contenders for AL Rookie of the Year, and rookies such as Vinnie Pasquantino and MJ Melendez give Kansas City a young core reminiscent of the group Hosmer and Moustakas one led.

Yet there are plenty of organizational problems that Picollo must address.

The Royals for years have struggled to develop pitching — their staff currently has the fourth-worst ERA in baseball and the worst WHIP by a wide margin, which led to the firing of pitching coordinator Jason Simontacchi earlier this season.

They have struggled to identify impact talent in the draft, consistently whiffing on first-round picks. That includes four chosen over a two-year span during their World Series years that failed to make a meaningful big league impact.

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