Dayton Moore Interview

It was the hardest decision of his life, but Dayton Moore is going home to be the new General Manager of the Kansas City Royals. Moore spoke with The Braves Show's Bill Shanks and other reporters Wednesday night.

SHANKS: Dayton can you talk about how difficult a decision this was for you?
MOORE: Yeah Bill the emotional part of it was pretty intense and remains very intense. I've obviously been here for twelve years and many people in this organization have raised me as a baseball person. It's really because of them that I'm getting this opportunity. I recognize that. All my relationships, and I don't know if this is good or bad or speaks to me as a person, 90% of my relationships are with people in our organization.

REPORTER: Was this more or less you couldn't wait to see what was going to happen here and you needed to get something more immediate?
MOORE: No and I know a lot has been speculated about that. It had nothing to do with pending ownership change. It had nothing to do with how long John Schuerholz was going to be the General Manager. It had everything to do with what I perceive to be the perfect opportunity, a perfect challenge, and a perfect environment to raise my family. It's really no more than that. That is the core aspect surrounding this decision.

SHANKS: Dayton I know you grew up a Royals' fan. How much did that play into this move?
MOORE: Bill you know I'd like to say it had a lot to do with it, but it didn't. Initially, the thought might cross your mind. But when it got down to a fact-finding mission and what that organization's about and just doing a lot of research on the players and their people and analyzing, again I just felt it was the perfect challenge, the right opportunity and a great place to raise your family. Certainly Atlanta is a great place to raise your family as well. That was a win/win either way. But it really had more to do with the challenge. I'm sure it's no different in you all's lives. I've been raised to do this. I've been fortunate to be around a lot people that have nurtured me and shared their expertise with me and cared for my baseball development. It's time. It's time to go on and take all that knowledge and apply it somewhere else and spread the Braves' Baseball seed – so to speak. It's just kind of the way I feel.

REPORTER: I hear you use that word challenge. Is there any greater challenge in baseball right now?
MOORE: Well, I don't know. It certainly is when you look at the team's won/loss record, you would say there is no greater challenge. But I think there is talent in their farm system. There are dedicated baseball people there. There are certainly skilled baseball people there, and for whatever reason it hasn't worked out the way they designed it to. But until I get in there and really evaluate and find out what's going on and what needs to be done it's hard to answer if it is the best challenge. Certainly, when you evaluate the won/loss record, there are some obvious deficiencies.

SHANKS: Did you feel comfortable with Mr. Glass and with what you are going to want him to provide you in the way of resources?
MOORE:Yeah Bill I did feel comfortable. I feel that they are, without a doubt, dedicating to providing the resources that are necessary to be successful in scouting and player development. As we know major league payrolls have a different dynamic to it. The market will only support a payroll of X amount to be determined. We all know there are revenue streams that drive major league payrolls. But at the same time I feel very comfortable that they are going to be a dedicated ownership group, an ownership that will allow the General Manager and the baseball people to make the necessary decisions to be successful.

REPORTER: What really put this decision over the top for you?
MOORE: The comfortable thing would have been to stay and keep doing what I was doing. And there's no doubt about it, I love it (with the Braves). I could do the job I'm doing for John for the next ten years and really be happy with it and satisfied with it. And it would be comfortable. But again, it really kept tugging at me to take this challenge, take this opportunity, do everything you can, apply what you've learned, apply what you know, and make it work.

SHANKS: Since we're so close to the draft (next Tuesday), are you going to be involved with the Braves or the Royals?
MOORE:Bill I'm going to remain apart of the process, but on draft day I'm going to excuse myself from the room to remove all confidentiality questions and so forth. And I'm not going to be involved with what the Royals do. They are so far along in the process, and as you guys know them picking one (round)/one (pick), they have spent their time and energy on a select core of players that certainly we have scouted, but we haven't put forth the intense evaluation on that particular core. We're picking 24, and our focus is a little different on a different type of player. So I'm not sure I'd be much help at this point in time, and would probably only muddy the waters. Plus the other aspect of that is it was agreed upon that I would remain a neutral party on draft day.

SHANKS: So if we see the Royals draft a bunch high school pitchers, it's not you?
MOORE: It's not me Bill. It's not me. I don't want that. That's why I've been sensitive about it. The last thing I would ever want is one of our people to feel that Kansas City got a player because of my involvement. Our scouts have worked very hard to put this draft together and deserve all the awards and benefits that come from it.

SHANKS: Dayton leaving Roy (Clark) – you two have been so close for so many years, how difficult will that be for you?
MOORE: It's difficult. Very difficult.


Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look at the Braves' traditional front office philosophies. Email Bill at thebravesshow@email.com.

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