Dayton Moore, 2015 World Series Champion Architect Kansas City Royals However, the team’s steward, who is on a six-game losing streak, has been dismissed from his role as president of baseball operations. Royals owner John Sherman announced his dismissal at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
“Dayton brought this franchise back. It wasn’t a good place,” Sherman said Wednesday. “Today, I want to confirm that my feelings are gratitude.”
Moore has managed the Royals since 2006. His longtime lieutenant JJ Piccolo took over as general manager near the end of his 2021 season. Sherman said Wednesday that Piccolo will take over the baseball operations department going forward.
“I’m really grateful for this opportunity,” Moore said athletic“I am proud of our culture and what we have achieved in Kansas City. I am confident that JJ Piccolo and the entire baseball operations department will finish it.”
Moore’s era will end at a club with compelling talent, including a 22-year-old shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., but struggles to compete at the big-league level. The fate of manager Mike Matheny, whose 2023 option was exercised by the Royals on March 31, is also in question, with Sherman suggesting that decisions about Matheny’s future will rest with Piccolo. Zu came out of his No. 1 spot in the American League Central in 22 games Wednesday. The team has struggled to develop a second generation to replace a wave of homegrown players like Alex Gordon. Eric Hosmer When Mike Moustakasled the team to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015.
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Moore inherited what was left of the franchise when he arrived in 2006. The Royals hadn’t reached the postseason since his 1985 season. With painstaking perseverance, Moore and his companions rebuilt the club into champions. But after players like Hosmer, Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain left in free agency, the franchise struggled to move into a new phase.
The team was betting on second-shot hopes in a string of pitching acquisitions in the first two rounds of the 2018 draft. Five years later, just once brady singer, was thriving at Major, which raised questions about the viability of the team’s development system. Sherman was a minority shareholder prior to purchasing Royals in 2019. cleveland guardiansbuilt a pitching pipeline despite similar budget constraints.
Moore, 55, came to Kansas City Atlanta BravesHe started his career as a college coach and has referenced that history when discussing his future.
“I certainly expect to stay in baseball,” Moore said. “I want to keep playing baseball. I’m a coach at heart. One of the things I was criticized for was spending too much time with the players. is their job, that’s how they’re wired.”
Additional reporting by Rustin Dodd
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