Dayton Moore fired as Royals president: Owner John Sherman

The Dayton Moore Era is over in Kansas City.

Royals chairman and CEO John Sherman announced Wednesday afternoon that Moore, who’d been elevated to president of baseball operations after a long run here as general manager, is no longer with the team.

The Royals’ team website said Moore had been dismissed.

Sherman said it was his decision to make the move. JJ Picollo, the Royals’ general manager, will assume the role of president of baseball operations. Picollo has been the team’s GM for a little more than a year ago and has been with the franchise since Aug. 13, 2006.

“The bottom line here is that it’s time to change,” Sherman said.

He added: “This timing was really important to me and important to JJ to get a head start.”

The Royals have a 59-89 record and are in fourth place in the American League Central. They haven’t had a winning season since 2015.

“There’s a gap right now of where we are and where we expect to be,” Sherman said. He added that he expected the Royals to be around the .500 mark this season.

Moore was promoted to president of baseball operations on Sept. 14, 2021 after spending the previous 15 seasons as the Royals’ general manager.

His tenure with the Royals dates to May 30, 2006. He oversaw a World Series appearance in 2014, and they returned to the Fall Classic in 2015 and won the championship.

“I can’t say enough about the great support of this community, our fans, our sponsors. Everything that makes Kansas City special is what we’ve always tried to represent,” Moore said. “And I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished here.

“I’m very proud of our culture. And I’m really excited about the future of the Kansas City Royals.”

This story will be updated.

This story was originally published September 21, 2022 2:11 PM.

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Lynn Worthy covers the Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball for The Star. A native of the Northeast, he’s covered high school, collegiate and professional sports for The Lowell Sun, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, Allentown Morning Call and The Salt Lake Tribune. He’s won awards for sports features and sports columns.


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