Senior VP-Baseball Operations/General Manager
Dayton Moore is in his 14th full season with the Kansas City Royals in 2020 after 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.
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 in 30 years. The club became just the fourth since 1997 to reach the World Series in back-to-back seasons after falling to the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 Fall Classic.
The 2019 season featured several individual accomplishments at the Major League level as Jorge Soler became the second player to break the franchise’s home run record in the last three seasons, slugging a career-high 48. Whit Merrifield led the Majors in hits for the second-straight season, with 206, which were the most by a Royal since 2000. At the minor league level, four of Kansas City’s affiliates were crowned champions of their respective leagues, while a fifth finished as a runner-up after advancing to the championship round. The Royals became the first organization to have five affiliates qualify for their league championship series in Major League history and the first to have four win championships since the Cleveland Indians in 2004.
Moore’s tenure in Kansas City has been one of the most successful runs in franchise history as the Royals have boasted 18 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, 29 All-Star Game selections, five Silver Sluggers and a Cy Young Award winner. Since he took over as general manager in 2006, no Major League club has earned more Rawlings Gold Gloves, while KC’s run of nine-straight years with at least one Gold Glove winner is the longest active streak in the American League and second longest in the Majors, behind Colorado’s 10.
The 2015 season was one for the ages as Kansas City stormed to their first AL Central Division title, winning an American League-best 95 games, 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 has received several accolades over the last six years, being named to the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Kansan of the Year in 2014. He has also been tabbed “Executive of the Year” by Major League Baseball (GIBBY Awards) in both 2014 and 2015 and earned the same distinction from the Kansas City Sports Commission in 2015. He was also recognized by the Boys & Girls Club with the John J. “Buck” O’Neil Diamond MVP Award as well as the Negro League Baseball Museum’s Rube Foster Award for A.L. Executive of the Year in 2016.
In 2016, Moore had the honor of being the featured speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast Leadership Luncheon in Washington, D.C. The National Prayer Breakfast is a series of meetings, luncheons and dinners, established in 1953 under Kansas native, President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Under the direction of Moore, the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy officially opened in 2017. While being viewed as a model for youth baseball and softball development, the $21M facility is a center for character development and educational advancement for our Community’s urban youth. Using a focused intent on treating the Academy as an extension of the Royals minor league system, Moore’s vision of providing kids the opportunity to develop “The Royals Way” is also fostering a culture that eliminates economic and social barriers in the City.
A leader in the Kansas City community, Moore is also 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 14-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.