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Royal family sacked Dayton Moore as head of baseball operations

The Athletic
Dayton Moore, 2015 World Championship Champion Engineer Kansas City Royals But the franchise host, in the midst of its sixth straight losing season, was relieved of his role as head of baseball’s operations. Royal family owner John Sherman announced the shooting at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, in what could be the first in a series of sweeping changes to a team that has fallen far short of expectations in 2022.

“Dayton salutes this privilege,” Sherman said Wednesday. “Today I want to make sure that my feeling is gratitude.”

Moore has overseen the Royal Family since 2006. Longtime lieutenant JJ ​​Piccolo took over as general manager towards the end of the 2021 season. Sherman said Wednesday that Piccolo will take over baseball operations moving forward.

“I’m really grateful for this opportunity,” Moore told The Athletic. “I’m proud of our culture and what we accomplished in Kansas City. I’m disappointed we couldn’t see it through. But I have confidence in John Sherman, J.J. Piccolo, and the entire baseball operations department to finish it.”

Moore’s era will end with a club full of interesting talents, like 22-year-old Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., but it is struggling to compete at the level of the big league. The fate of manager Mike Matheny, whose option for 2023 was chosen by the royal family on March 31, is also in question, with Sherman indicating that any decision on Matheny’s future will be left to Piccolo. On Wednesday, the Royal Family entered 22 games from the top spot in the American Central League.

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