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Dayton Moore, Senior VP-Baseball Operations/General Manager
Dayton Moore begins his ninth full-season with the Kansas City Royals, being named Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager on May 30, 2006. He officially assumed his duties, becoming the sixth general manager in franchise history, on June 8, 2006.
Moore, a native of Wichita, Kan., brought an impressive resume to the Royals in 2006. He had previously worked for the Atlanta Braves organization since 1994, most recently serving as Assistant General Manager/Baseball Operations since August, 2005. Since joining the Royals in 2006, he and his staff have tirelessly worked to build a consistently strong farm system that was rated by Baseball America, MLB.com and ESPN.com as the best in baseball in 2011 and it remains among the best.
The fruits of Moore’s labor were realized in 2014 as the club stormed to 89 victories and qualified for the postseason for the first time in 29 years, as a Wild Card participant. The Royals then set a Major League record by reeling off eight-straight wins to open the playoffs, winning the Wild Card game over Oakland and sweeping the Los Angeles Angels (3-0) and Baltimore Orioles (4-0) to qualify for the World Series. KC lost to the San Francisco Giants in a thrilling seven-game series, with the final out recorded with the tying run 90 feet away in the ninth inning. While it was a disappointing end, it did little overshadow the accomplishments of the year.
Keeping homegrown talent was key to the Royals’ 2014 success as over half of KC’s postseason roster played at least one full season in the club’s minor league system, while 13 of those players were either drafted by the Royals or signed as non-drafted free agents. The final jewel in the club’s banner year came in December when the Royals were named Baseball America’s ‘Organization of the Year’ for the just the second time since the publication started the award in 1982.
Moore’s tenure in Kansas City has been one of the most successful runs in franchise history as the Royals have boasted nine Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, 13 All-Star Game selections and a Cy Young Award winner in his first nine seasons. The accolades continued to roll in for Moore after the season as he was named “Executive of the Year” by Major League Baseball (GIBBY Awards) as well as the Kansas City Sports Commission. He was elected to the State of Kansas’ Baseball Hall of Fame and named Kansan of the Year by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas. Moore was also tabbed Alumnus of the Year by George Mason University.
Prior to his tenure as assistant general manager with Atlanta, Moore served three years as Director of Player Personnel where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of scouting and player development. He originally joined the Braves organization as an area scouting supervisor and was promoted to the front office in August, 1996 as an assistant in the baseball operations department. Moore was named Assistant Director of Scouting in November of 1996 and added the title of Assistant Director of Player Development in 1999. He was promoted to Director of International Scouting during the 2000 season and earned a promotion to Director of Player Personnel in 2002.
Moore was presented by the Atlanta Braves 400 Club with its Ivan Allen, Jr. “Mr. Baseball” Award, given to “the person who has contributed significantly to the promotion of baseball in the Atlanta area” in February 2006. He was also awarded the 2005 Executive of the Year by the Mid-Atlantic Scouts Association. He was named by Baseball America in 2005 as one of the Top 10 Up-and-Coming Power Brokers in Major League Baseball and in 2004, was named the top general manager prospect by the same publication.
Moore played a key role in a majority of the Braves string of 14-straight division titles. Under the leadership of former Braves and Royals General Manager John Schuerholz, the Braves earned the prestigious ‘Organization of the Year’ Award from Baseball America several times, including 2005, when 18 rookies contributed to a team that posted 90 wins. The Braves won at least 100 games five times between 1997-2003 and had not won fewer than 88 games in any non-strike shortened season since 1990 prior to the 2006 season.
Prior to joining the Braves organization, Moore served as an assistant baseball coach at George Mason University from 1990-94. While working on a graduate degree at GMU, Moore also managed the Winchester Royals of the Shenandoah Valley League from 1991-93.
A leader in the Kansas City community, Moore is a regular speaker at numerous community events each year. In 2013, Moore started the “C” You In the Major Leagues Foundation. It was created to support youth baseball, education, families in crisis and faith-based programs and organizations.
Moore was a member of the Board of Directors of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program from 2007-10. The program instills an understanding of character values in sport and provides practical tools for student-athletes, coaches and parents to use in modeling exemplary character traits.
Moore and his wife, Marianne, are proud to be involved with the City Union Mission of Kansas City including their service as co-chairs of the Women Who’ve Changed the Heart of the City banquet in 2011 and 2012.
Moore graduated from George Mason University in 1989 with a degree in physical education and health. Three years later, he earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from GMU. He and his wife, Marianne, reside in Leawood, Kan., and have two daughters, Ashley and Avery, and a son, Robert.
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