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Dean Taylor, Vice President-Baseball Operations/Assistant General Manager
Dean Taylor was named as Vice President-Baseball Operations/Assistant General Manager of the Royals on June 13, 2006.
Taylor joined the Royals after serving as the Assistant General Manager of the Cincinnati Reds since December of 2003. Taylor is no stranger to the Royals organization as he began his Major League career in Kansas City from 1981-89 and was a key part in the Royals' postseason success.
Taylor brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Royals as he is in his 39th year of professional baseball. He served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2000-02 and spent the 2003 season as a consultant with the Los Angeles Dodgers, scouting Major League players and evaluating the organization's minor league system.
Prior to his stint in Milwaukee, Taylor spent nine seasons as the Atlanta Braves Assistant General Manager under John Schuerholz and contributed to eight consecutive National League Eastern Division titles and the 1995 World Series Championship. With the Braves, he was responsible for player contract negotiations and overseeing the day-to-day administrative duties related to Major League personnel while working closely with the scouting and player development departments.
Taylor began his baseball career as a minor league general manager for four seasons in the Northwest League, including two years with the Eugene, Ore., club in 1979-80.
He joined the Royals front office in 1981 as an administrative assistant in the minor league department and a year later was named Royals Assistant Director of Scouting and Player Development. Following the Royals World Championship season in 1985, he was promoted to Assistant to the General Manager under Schuerholz. He remained in that position until 1990, when he was hired by Major League Baseball as Manager of Baseball Operations in the Commissioner's Office.
Taylor is a member of the MLB Safety and Health Advisory Committee, which investigated the sport's broken bat incidents and made recommendations that were adopted for the 2009 and 2012 seasons. During his tenure as the Brewers General Manager, he also served as Chairman of the MLB Rules and Administration Committee.
Taylor graduated from Claremont McKenna College (Calif.) in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in economics and from Ohio University in 1975 with a master's degree in sports administration. He was named the 2001 Distinguished Alumnus of the Ohio University Sports Administration Program.
Taylor and his wife, Susan, a native of the Kansas City area, reside in Lee's Summit, Mo. He has one son, Colby, and two grandchildren.
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