Kansas City Royals fire team chairman Dayton Moore, architect of the team’s 2015 World Series title

Kansas City Royals fire team chairman Dayton Moore, architect of the club’s 2015 World Series title, amid its 13th losing season since 2006: ‘The bottom line is it’s time to change’

  • The Kansas City Royals have fired longtime team executive Dayton Moore
  • Moore was promoted from general manager to team president earlier this year.
  • Although the Royals won their second title with Moore, they also struggled
  • This is the team’s 13th losing season since he was appointed as GM in 2006.
  • A devout Christian, Moore held the famous anti-porn seminar for players in 2018

The Kansas City Royals have fired team president Dayton Moore, the architect of their 2015 championship, amid the club’s 13th losing season in his tenure.

Team owner John Sherman made the announcement at a news conference at Kaufman Stadium on Wednesday. Sherman did not hire Moore but retained him after acquiring the club from aging businessman David Glass in 2019.

Sherman said on Wednesday, ‘The bottom line here is that it is time to change. ‘There is a difference between where we are now and where we hope to be.’

The Kansas City Royals have fired team president Dayton Moore, the architect of their 2015 championship, amid the club's 13th losing season in his tenure.

The Kansas City Royals have fired team president Dayton Moore, the architect of their 2015 championship, amid the club’s 13th losing season in his tenure.

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore, left, and owner John Sherman watch a drill during Spring Training baseball practice on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in Arizona

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore, left, and owner John Sherman watch a drill during Spring Training baseball practice on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in Arizona

Moore was the team’s general manager, but his title was elevated earlier this year as his student, JJ Piccolo, took over as GM. Piccolo is now in charge of the team’s baseball operations.

The Royals are leading 59-89 in Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.

Moore’s tenure at Kansas City included two high points: the 2014 American League pennant and the 2015 World Series title.

Under former scout, Moore, and then-manager Ned Yost, the Royals moved from perennial 100-loss teams to a competitive club in 2013, going 86–76, as young players such as Eric Hosmer, Mike Mostakas and Salvador Perez emerged. Credible offensive threats. Of the three, only Perez is with the team.

The Royals would reach the World Series in 2014, losing to the San Francisco Giants in seven games, including a painful 3–2 loss in the final.

However, in 2015 the core of the team remained intact, and Moore, along with pitchers Edinson Volquez and Johnny Couto, defeated the New York Mets in five games to capture the club’s second World Series title.

Kansas City will drop to .500 next year, and has remained the losing team ever since.

Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez, left, and General Manager Dayton Moore lift the championship trophy during the team's World Series ceremony on November 3, 2015

Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez, left, and General Manager Dayton Moore lift the championship trophy during the team’s World Series ceremony on November 3, 2015

Moore's tenure at Kansas City included two high points: a 2014 American League pennant and a World Series title in 2015.  Under former scout, Moore, and then-manager Ned Yost, the Royals went from perennial 100-loss teams to a competitive club.  In 2013, at 86–76, young players such as Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez emerged as credible offensive threats.  Of the three, only Perez is still with the team.

Moore’s tenure at Kansas City included two high points: a 2014 American League pennant and a World Series title in 2015. Under former scout, Moore, and then-manager Ned Yost, the Royals went from perennial 100-loss teams to a competitive club. In 2013, at 86–76, young players such as Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez emerged as credible offensive threats. Of the three, only Perez is still with the team.

Moore’s stint with the Royals will also be remembered for his Christian faith, which he regularly shared with his players.

Most memorably, Moore held an anti-pornography symposium with players in 2018.

“But when you sit down with young people and they talk openly about their struggles, sometimes you can find it in pornography,” Moore told USA Today in 2018. ‘It has been a major issue in his life. They are coming in contact with it at such a young age and have become obsessed with it.

It was the symposium that many on social media held back on Wednesday following Moore’s dismissal.

Reporter Kevin J. Ryan tweeted, ‘Porn is back in the clubhouse.’

Several Twitter users were quick to recall Moore's anti-pornography seminars when he was fired.

Several Twitter users were quick to recall Moore’s anti-pornography seminars when he was fired.

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