Thursday • 11:00am – 12:30pm
Dayton Moore begins his 11th full season with the Kansas City Royals, being named Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager on May 30, 2006. He officially assumed his duties, becoming the sixth general manager in franchise history, on June 8, 2006.
In 2016, the Royals recorded their fourth-straight season with a record of .500 or better, going 81-81. Despite a rash of injuries to key members of the club, Kansas City stayed in contention for a postseason berth until the final week of the regular season. Moore earned a pair of honors in 2016, being recognized by the Boys & Girls Club with the John J. “Buck” O’Neil Diamond MVP Award as well as the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s Rube Foster Award for A.L. Executive of the Year.
From day one, the goal Moore set out to accomplish was bringing a World Championship back to Kansas City, a dream that was brought to fruition in 2015. The Royals bested the New York Mets in five games to win the franchise’s first World Series championship in 30 years. The club became just the fourth since 1997 to reach the Fall Classic in back-to-back seasons after falling to the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 World Series.
The 2015 season was one for the ages as Kansas City stormed to their first A.L. Central Division title, winning an American League-best 95 games, which was their highest total since 1980. The club became just the second in Major League history to improve its win total in six-straight seasons. Along the way, the Royals set records in attendance, drawing 2.7 million fans to their 81 home games; local television viewership, recording an MLB-best 12.3 household rating during the 2015 season; and All-Star Game selections, sending seven players to the Midsummer Classic, which included four players who were selected as starters.
Moore’s tenure in Kansas City has been one of the most successful runs in franchise history as the Royals have boasted 12 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, 24 All-Star Game selections and a Cy Young Award winner in his tenure. He has received several accolades over the last three seasons, being named to the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Kansan of the Year in 2014, while he has also been tabbed “Executive of the Year” by Major League Baseball (GIBBY Awards) in both 2014 and 2015 and the same distinction from the Kansas City Sports Commission in 2015.
A leader in the Kansas City community, Moore is a regular speaker at numerous community events each year. In 2013, Moore started the “C” You In the Major Leagues Foundation. It was created to support youth baseball, education, families in crisis and faith-based programs and organizations. The foundation’s mission is to provide hope and support to children and families by using youth baseball to develop future character-driven leaders. With that in mind, Moore started the “C” You at the “K” program in 2016, bringing high school students from six local youth organizations — the KCMO Police Athletic League, Ozanam, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City, the Guadalupe Center, and the two area RBI programs — for a special evening at Kauffman Stadium, including a character-based leadership discussion with the students. Some of the other organizations that have benefitted from “C” You In the Major Leagues are the Jewish Community Center, Higher M-Pact, National Center for Fathering, and the City Union Mission. Following the 2014 season, Moore wrote a book, “More Than a Season” (updated in 2016), with all of the author proceeds going to “C” You In the Major Leagues.
Moore, a native of Wichita, Kan., brought an impressive resume to the Royals in 2006, having previously worked for the Atlanta Braves’ organization during their run of 13-straight division titles.
With Atlanta, Moore served three years as Director of Player Personnel, beginning in 2002. He originally joined the Braves’ organization as an area scouting supervisor and was promoted to the front office in August, 1996 as an assistant in the baseball operations department.
Before joining the Braves, Moore served as an assistant baseball coach at his alma mater, George Mason University (1990-94). He received a bachelor’s degree (1989) and a master’s degree (1992) from GMU.
Moore and his wife, Marianne, reside in Leawood, Kan., and have two daughters, Ashley and Avery, and a son, Robert.