Dayton Moore Newsbeat
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Dayton Moore said something stupid. This stupid thing he said will hang on him. His words will be mocked.
To some, Moore has already been the Royals’ general manager too long. Seven years already. It’ll be eight in June, and during that time the Pirates and Rays and A’s have won more while spending less. The Indians have bottomed out and made the playoffs again. The Royals’ highpoint, so far, is this recently completed 86-win season that was five games from a playoff spot and seven games from the division championship.
And with all of that, he said this stupid thing in a room full of reporters and rolling cameras and open notebooks and a live listening audience during a news conference on Tuesday:
“In a small way, I feel like we’ve won the World Series.”
Those words beg to be mocked and, in fact, started being mocked before he even finished the sentence. For fans who would prefer Moore gone, those words are a gift. They make for the easiest jokes. Some of them are actually funny, and it’s absolutely true that there is too much self-congratulation from the Royals right now.
But look a little deeper, beyond the easy jokes. There is an interesting point he was trying to make. After the reporters and cameras and notebooks left the news conference, I hung around to give Moore the chance to clarify what he meant.
He quickly realized he shouldn’t have used those words - World Series - and articulated himself more clearly….
This is what is on Moore’s mind when he talks about being proud of what the Royals have done the last seven years. They’re in a place where winning is possible again, and considering where they started, that’s no small feat. Moore bumbled his words, said it in a way that virtually guarantees his point won’t be heard through the jokes, and this can’t be said enough: It was a stupid thing to say.
But this is what he meant.
“What I’m saying, I mean, look, ‘World Series’ is the wrong term,” he says. “But I feel very, very good about where our organization is. It means a lot to me. You have to know how I’m wired. The only reason I’m a general manager is that this is my boyhood team. It’s a special place for me.”
Very excited for the imaginary World Series parade today!
Posted: October 02, 2013 at 09:14 AM | 12 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Playoff talk has subsided in these parts, thanks to the Royals’ recent seven-game losing streak. And the adjusted goal for the Royals appears to be finishing over .500 for the first time in 10 years.
But Royals general manager Dayton Moore still believes a corner has been turned, though he knows disappointed fans aren’t in the mood for consolation prizes.
“I really feel that based on how we decided to build this team, we’re ahead of schedule,” Moore told FOXSportsKansasCity.com. “You know, every baseball team that is constructed gets exposed. We know we have probably seen that, and certainly realize that we have things we need to improve upon.
“But I am very encouraged with the group of players we have. There’s not one player on this current roster that is on the downside of his career. They all have upside….
Will Moore have the financial resources to keep improving the roster?
“I don’t think it’s going to be about the money,” he said. “It’s going to be about the players. We’re just going to build a championship team with the resources we have.
See, trading the best minor league hitter in the game to finish below .500 was part of the plan all along. And now they’re ahead of schedule!
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Or as southerners call it, “The War of Hitter Aggression.”
Since 1989, the Royals have finished last in the league in walks five times, most recently in 2012, and they also have finished second to last in the league another five times.
This year? They are in familiar territory, second to last, 109 walks behind league-leading Oakland.
There is no one-size-fits-all explanation, since the Royals’ “War on Walks” spans four decades and four general managers.
But as Royals general manager Dayton Moore points out, there is at least one common denominator—Kauffman Stadium.
“We have the largest ballpark in terms of square footage of any ballpark in baseball,” Moore says. “When pitchers come here, they have the mindset to use that park—put the ball in play, throw strikes, attack the zone. There isn’t the same fear factor of getting beat deep that you might have elsewhere.
“I think that plays a huge factor in that walk statistic.”
Former Royals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer agrees with Moore, noting a correlation between the Royals’ low home run totals with the low walk totals. In Seitzer’s four years as hitting coach, the Royals consistently finished near the bottom of the league in homers and walks.
“Pitchers mainly fear the long ball,” he says. “If your lineup isn’t hitting home runs, pitchers aren’t pitching around you. They’re going after you. There’s no need not to.”
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