The Kansas City Royals have fired team president Dayton Moore, the architect of their 2015 championship, amid the club's 13th losing season of his tenure

Kansas City Royals fire team president Dayton Moore, the architect of the team’s 2015 World Series title

Kansas City Royals fire team president Dayton Moore, the architect of the club’s 2015 World Series title, amid his 13th losing season since 2006: ‘The bottom line is it’s time to change’

  • The Kansas City Royals have fired longtime team executive Dayton Moore
  • Moore was promoted from general manager to team president earlier this year
  • Although the Royals won their second title with Moore, they’ve also struggled
  • This is the team’s 13th losing season since hiring him as GM in 2006
  • A devout Christian, Moore famously held anti-porn seminars for players in 2018

The Kansas City Royals have fired team president Dayton Moore, the architect of their 2015 championship, amid the club’s 13th losing season of his tenure.

Team owner John Sherman made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium. Sherman didn’t hire Moore, but retained him after acquiring the club from aging businessman David Glass in 2019.

‘The bottom line here is that it’s time to change,’ Sherman said Wednesday. ‘There’s a gap right now of where we are and where we expected to be.’

The Kansas City Royals have fired team president Dayton Moore, the architect of their 2015 championship, amid the club’s 13th losing season of his tenure

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore, left, and owner John Sherman watch a drill during spring training baseball practice Wednesday, Feb.  19, 2020, in Arizona

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore, left, and owner John Sherman watch a drill during spring training baseball practice Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Arizona

Moore had been the team’s general manager, but had his title elevated earlier this year as his understudy, JJ Picollo, took over as GM. Picollo is now in charge of the team’s baseball operations.

The Royals are 59-89 heading into Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.

Moore’s tenure in Kansas City included two high points: the 2014 American League pennant and a World Series title in 2015.

Under the former scout, Moore, and then-manager Ned Yost, the Royals went from perennial 100-loss teams to a competitive club in 2013, going 86-76, as young players like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Salvador Perez emerged into reliable offensive threats. Of the three, only Perez is still with the team.

The Royals would reach the World Series in 2014, falling to the San Francisco Giants in seven games, including a painful 3-2 loss in the finale.

However, the team’s core remained intact in 2015, and with Moore’s additions of pitchers Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto, beat the New York Mets in five games to capture the club’s second World Series title.

Kansas City would slump to .500 the next year, and has remained a losing team ever since.

The Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez, left, and general manager Dayton Moore raise the championship trophy during the team's World Series celebration on November 3, 2015

The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez, left, and general manager Dayton Moore raise the championship trophy during the team’s World Series celebration on November 3, 2015

Moore's tenure in Kansas City included two high points: the 2014 American League pennant and a World Series title in 2015. Under the former scout, Moore, and then-manager Ned Yost, the Royals went from perennial 100-loss teams to a competitive club in 2013, going 86-76, as young players like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Salvador Perez emerged into reliable offensive threats.  Of the three, only Perez is still with the team

Moore’s tenure in Kansas City included two high points: the 2014 American League pennant and a World Series title in 2015. Under the former scout, Moore, and then-manager Ned Yost, the Royals went from perennial 100-loss teams to a competitive club in 2013, going 86-76, as young players like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Salvador Perez emerged into reliable offensive threats. Of the three, only Perez is still with the team

Moore’s tenure with the Royals will also be remembered for his Christian faith, which he regularly shared with his players.

Most memorably, Moore held an anti-pornography seminar with players in 2018.

‘But when you sit down with young men and they open up and talk about their struggles, often times you can trace it back to pornography,’ Moore told USA Today in 2018. ‘It’s been a major issue in their lives. They are being exposed to that at such a young age, and become obsessed with that.’

It was this seminar that many on social media harkened back to following Moore’s dismissal on Wednesday.

‘Porn in the clubhouse is BACK,’ tweeted reporter Kevin J. Ryan.

Many Twitter uses were quick to remember Moore's anti-porn seminars when he was fired

Many Twitter uses were quick to remember Moore’s anti-porn seminars when he was fired

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