Arlington, TX - The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has hired Dayton Moore as Senior Advisor, Baseball Operations and Mike Maddux as pitching coach on manager Bruce Bochy’s Major League staff.
Moore, who oversaw the entire baseball operation for the Kansas City Royals for more than 16 years, will collaborate with Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Young and the other senior members of the Rangers’ baseball leadership group on all aspects of the operation, including Major League player evaluation, scouting, and player development.
Maddux, who has spent the last 20 seasons as a Major League pitching coach with four teams, was previously with the Rangers from 2009-15. He has been pitching coach of the St. Louis Cardinals for the last five years. In his last 15 seasons as a big league pitching coach (2008-22), Maddux’ teams have advanced to the playoffs 11 times.
While continuing to live in the Kansas City area, Moore will spend time in Surprise, Arizona during spring training and in Arlington during the regular season.
“Dayton Moore was the first person I contacted when we were looking to add experience to our baseball operation,” said Young. “I got the opportunity to know Dayton personally when I pitched for Kansas City from 2015-17, and there is no one more respected in our game. He rebuilt the Royals into a World Champion during his tenure running their baseball organization, which produced a lot of outstanding players along the way.
“Dayton’s experiences as a longtime General Manager as well as his extensive background in scouting, will be a tremendous asset to me and the other leaders of our baseball group. We are excited that he has agreed to come aboard.”
Moore joined the Royals as General Manager on May 30, 2006 and also served as President of Baseball Operations before leaving the organization on September 21, 2022. At that time, he was the third longest tenured chief baseball executive in the Majors. Kansas City lost 100+ games in three consecutive seasons from 2004-06 but went on to win back-to-back American League pennants in 2014-15 and defeated the New York Mets for the 2015 World Series championship.
Prior to joining the Royals, the 55-year-old Moore spent 13 seasons with the Atlanta Braves in scouting and player development roles before his promotion to Director of Player Personnel in 2002. The Braves won 14 consecutive N.L. division titles from 1991-2005.
In each of Maddux’ last four seasons with St. Louis, the Cardinals advanced to the playoffs, winning N.L. Central Division titles in 2019 and 2022. The team had the N.L.’s fourth lowest team earned run average in 2022 (3.79) while issuing the league’s second fewest homers (146). Maddux stepped down as St. Louis’ pitching coach at the end of the 2022 season.
“I am thrilled to welcome Mike to our coaching staff," said Bochy. "Mike has a unique ability to connect with a pitching staff and motivate pitchers to perform at their highest level. He has had success at every stop in his coaching career and we are excited to bring him on board for a second stint in Arlington."
In Maddux’ two seasons as pitching coach at Washington (2016-17) the Nationals won a pair of N.L. East Division titles with righthander Max Scherzer earning the league’s Cy Young Award both years.
The 61-year-old Maddux served as the Rangers’ pitching coach from 2009-15, the second longest tenured pitching coach in club history to Tom House (1985-92). In that span, the Rangers made four postseason appearances, including capturing consecutive American League championships in 2010-11. Texas posted four consecutive seasons of sub-4.00 team ERAs from 2010-13, one of just five MLB teams to accomplish that feat in that span and the second longest streak in team history. Prior to Maddux’ arrival, the Rangers’ staff had not had a team ERA under 4.00 since 1990.
He began his MLB coaching career with six years with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003-08. In his final season, the Brewers had the N.L.’s second lowest team ERA and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 26 years. Maddux was the pitching coach at then Double-A Round Rock in the Houston system from 2000-02, with the Express advancing to the Texas League playoffs all three seasons.
The righthander was 39-37 with a 4.05 ERA in 472 games/48 starts over 15 seasons with the Phillies (1986-89), Dodgers (1990; 99), Padres (1991-92), Mets (1993-94), Red Sox (1995-96), Mariners (1997), Expos (1998-99), and Astros (2000).
The Rangers have now added associate manager Will Venable and Maddux to their 2023 Major League coaching staff. Texas will be announcing the entire makeup of the 2023 staff at a later date.