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Kansas City Royals Fired Dayton Moore’s chief of baseball operations. JJ Picollo will take over as General Manager and Executive Vice President.
Moore provided feedback to The Athletic’s Andy McCullough and Ken Rosenthal.
“I am really grateful for this opportunity,” he said. “I’m proud of our culture and what we accomplished in Kansas City. I’m disappointed we didn’t get to see it. But I have confidence in John Sherman, JJ Piccolo and the entire baseball operations department to finish it off.”
The royal family hired Moore as their general manager in May 2006. At the time, Kansas City was on track to a season of 62 wins and the 21st consecutive year of missing out on the playoffs.
By the end of 2015, the franchise was awarded the MLS flag (in 2014) before going forward and winning a second World Championship title the following year. Moore was the architect of these teams and built the roster through a variety of means.
Salvador Perez and Calvin Herrera signed with the Royal Family as a teenager. The team was drafted by Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Mike Mustakas, Danny Duffy and Greg Holland. Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain arrived in Zack Greinke’s trade. And Kansas City finally had a laugh at the 2012 Wil Myers deal, which tipped off James Shields and Wade Davis, who has emerged as one of MLB’s best loyalists.
As much as Moore has done for the organization, credit for these two World Championship trips has only increased his goodwill. The royal family hasn’t had a winning record since 2015, and they haven’t finished at 0.500 since 2016.
Kansas City has not been able to develop local talent. a recent report Written by The Athletic detailing how Moore’s heavy focus on shooters in 2018 MLB . Project A disappointing return so far. Royals shooters are 28 At war (6.1) and 27th In FIP (4.47), per FanGraphs.
Moore took up the story and posited that “most of these comments come from someone who simply criticizes in a critical spirit.” He added that she “wasn’t realistic” and “neglected a lot of important things that I think speak to the positive side of where we are and where we’re heading with our shooters.”
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Ryan Lefebvre, head of the royal family, asked Dayton Moore about this article on pic.twitter.com/VxypZK7Uqk
For some, his response It is clear why A change in leadership was required.
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo, and Sam Dijkstra From MLB.com the Kansas City farm system ranked 21st in the MLB in August, so there’s no wealth of young talent soon emerging through the pipeline. Bobby Witt Jr. showed promise, but Nick Prato struggled a lot got a discount to Triple-A.
Picollo has a challenging task to build another contender in Kansas City.