The dismissal of Dayton Moore by the Kansas City Royals after his respective tenures as general manager and president of the organization’s baseball operations sent small shockwaves through the MLB landscape, and many wondered what was next for the 55-year-old. This answer was revealed on Wednesday when the The official Texas Rangers PR account has been announced that Moore joins the franchise as a senior consultant in the division of baseball operations.
Rangers announced today that the club has hired Dayton Moore as senior advisor, baseball operations and Mike Maddux as pitching coach for manager Bruce Bochy’s Major League Staff.
Joining the Rangers reunites Moore with former Royals pitcher Chris Young. Young, who played at Kansas City and had a 4.76 ERA from 2015-17, is the current general manager at Texas and will likely correspond with Moore in some way. Rangers are looking to get back on track after losing one season in each of the last six years. The club turned heads after a busy 2021/22 off-season, but the fruits of that labor have yet to be fully borne.
Earlier this month, Moore went to the Baseball isn’t boring Podcast and discussed topics related to his time with and exiting the Royals. He briefly touched on his philosophy on data versus the people behind the data — which seemed to be one of the reasons Kansas City went in a different direction — and here’s what he had to say:
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“I value and respect and admire and covet the data and information that is out there. Always have. But I learned the game in a different way. I learned it more through pure evaluation, understanding the composition of the players, what motivates them, what drives them to succeed. These things will never change. You have to understand a player’s heart and desires and what their habits are like, what their routines consist of, because that’s an indicator of future success.”
With plenty of money being invested in the current roster and some potential additional moves coming this winter, the Rangers are hoping they can break out of their current funk and join the ranks of baseball contenders. Moore will now play a role in whether or not that happens, and while it’s not known exactly what his duties in the baseball operations department will be, he brings with him several personality traits that are hard to find at the highest level. Now, Moore will officially put his days in Kansas City behind him and focus on his next assignment and franchise.
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