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Royals fire Dayton Moore, franchise’s lead decision-maker who built 2015 World Series winner

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Kansas City Royals president of baseball operations Dayton Moore was fired after running the franchise since 2006. Ken Rosenthal announced this on Wednesday.and Moore confirmed this decision in a statement:

“I am very grateful for the opportunity. I am proud of our culture and what we have achieved in Kansas City. I’m disappointed that we couldn’t finish the job. But I’m trusting John Sherman, J., the entire baseball operations department to get this over with.”

Shortly thereafter, members of the royal family announced the decision and also announced that general manager JJ Piccolo would become a major voice in baseball operations.

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Moore, 55, will forever be a beloved figure in Kansas City for being the architect of the royal teams that won the American League pennant in 2014 and then won the World Series in 2015. The 2015 title was the second in franchise history. The first appeared in 1985.

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However, members of the royal family, under the leadership of Moore, quickly descended from this peak. In 2016 they fell to .500 and in 2022 they will be their sixth losing season in a row. In 2018 and 2019, the royals suffered a total of 207 defeats.

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While the drawn-out recovery process produced some impressive young talent, most notably Bobby Witt Jr., the trajectory was not enough to spare Moore. They have released a number of promising prospects into the big companies, but their recent inability to develop a young pitch has been a notable weakness in terms of player development.

In addition, Sherman, who bought the team from David Glass in November 2019, wanted to take the franchise in a more modern direction, as he made clear shortly after Moore’s dismissal was announced:

Given the royals’ struggles and the mood for change, manager Mike Matheny appears to be in danger of losing his job. Matheny has a 159–211 (.430) record in his three seasons as Kansas City manager. The Royals entered the list on Wednesday with a 59-89 record and finished fourth in the weak Central American League.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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