Front Office biographies

Allard Baird, Senior Vice President and General Manager-Baseball Operations

Allard Baird is entering his sixth full season as General Manager of the Royals after serving as the Vice President and Assistant General Manager-Baseball Operations since September, 1998. He was named the fifth general manager in franchise history on June 17, 2000. He signed a two-year contract extension following the 2003 season, signing him through 2006.

Since taking over as General Manager, Baird has implemented a long-term strategy to develop talent at the minor league level, as well as an attitude to win throughout the organization. Baird has constructed a top-notch baseball operations staff, revamped his team of minor league personnel and overseen the expansion of the Royals professional scouting and international scouting efforts. The Royals latest scouting efforts have included South America, South Africa, Asia and Australia. These endeavors have led to the signing of four minor leaguers from South Africa and several free agents from Japan over the past four seasons.

Baird and his staff played a major role in the Royals impressive 2003 season as he was recognized by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's Rube Foster Award as A.L. Executive of the Year. Under Baird's leadership, the Royals tied for the 6th-best turnaround following a 100-loss season in Major League history.

Baird, who is in his 18th season with the organization, began his career with the Royals as the hitting coach at Class A Appleton in 1988. Following a two-year stint in the Midwest League, he served as the Territorial Scouting Supervisor in Florida from 1990-92 and had on-the-field duties in the Player Development Department. Baird was responsible for signing former Royals outfielder Johnny Damon during his scouting tenure.

He was promoted to National Cross-Checker in 1993 and held that position until he was named Special Assistant to the General Manager in February of 1997.

In 1996, Baird was named the 27th Annual Ewing M. Kauffman Award winner and in 2000 he was a member of the Olympic Baseball Selection Committee for the Gold Medal winning U.S. team.

Prior to joining the Royals, the 44-year-old native of Rochester, N.H., was the head baseball coach at Broward (Fla.) Community College from 1986-87. He began his coaching career in 1985 as an assistant coach at Southern Arkansas University where he also played shortstop and second base. He owned and operated Pro's Way Baseball School in Ft. Lauderdale from 1986-93.

He attended St. Petersburg (Fla.) Junior College and Southern Arkansas University after graduating from Spaulding High School in Rochester. His wife's name is Julie.

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