Kansas City Royals Dayton Moore a top 5 General Manager?


When Dayton Moore became the General Manager of the Kansas City Royals on June 8, 2006, he had no idea what he was in for. The team was at an all time low. With a starting lineup full of no-names, the Royals had just lost 100+ games for the 3rd season in a row. They became just the eleventh team in major league history to be that bad for that many years in a row.

Moore wasn’t just expected to build a winning baseball team from virtually nothing, but to restore the community’s faith in the Royals. Needless to say, he had his work cut out for him.

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He preached patience right from the start, often asking fans to “trust the process.” This rarely went over well. For a fanbase that hadn’t seen playoff baseball since 1985, the last thing they wanted to hear was “be patient.” And who could blame them? Much to his credit, Moore was always honest about how long it was going to take.

Some will say that taking so long to turn the team around automatically disqualifies Moore from being considered a top-tier General Manager. When you break it down, however, I’m not sure how anyone could have done it much faster. Consider the following:

Those moves alone bring the total to 11. 11 key players on the 2014 pennant-winning team, all acquired within Dayton Moore’s first 4 years as General Manager. Add that to the fact that he’s been able to increase the payroll almost every year, has beefed up the farm system, and has made a number of reasonable free agent signings, and it’s hard not to feel he’s done an impressive job. Yes, it took longer than many would have liked, but one thing is clear: the patience has paid off.

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