Wednesday

The Dayton Accord...

RC has mixed emotions about today's events. First, and most importantly, we're absolutely ecstatic about Dayton Moore. Moore was heralded by nearly everyone in baseball as the finest young general manager candidate around, and it's great news that owner David Glass was not only able to identify him as such, but that he was also able to convince him to come to Kansas City. And we couldn't be happier that Glass's days of meddling in the baseball operations of the club appear to be either at an end or severely curtailed. Moore today denied reports that he had been given a written guarantee granting him full authority on personnel decisions, but he did express enthusiasm about his arrangement with Glass.

"I feel very comfortable with the parameters I've been given and the autonomy I've been given," said Moore during his afternoon teleconference with reporters.

Moore will not take over the reins immediately, as Braves' GM John Schuerholz came to an agreement with Glass that Moore will remain with Atlanta through the draft on June 6-7. Moore's tenure in KC will begin on June 8, when he will be introduced in a press conference at Kauffman Stadium, and he plans to immediately begin a period of evaluation as he meets with front office personnel and learns about the organization.

Moore made the rounds today after the announcement, hosting a teleconference and appearing on the Royals' postgame show on 810 WHB. He pretty much stuck to the script, talking about how excited he was and how confident he is in the Royals' ability to one day field a contender. This was the first time RC had ever heard Moore speak, and our initial impression is that he's a very thoughtful baseball man who has a solid idea of how to run a ballclub. He sounds firmly committed to scouting and player development, and we hope he can bring a fresh approach to an organization that hasn't graduated a significant starting pitching prospect from its minor league system in nearly a decade. All told, this is a day for celebration, as the Glass ownership truly did hit a home run with the hiring of Dayton Moore.


Farewell, Allard.

Unfortunately, it wasn't a good day for Allard Baird, a man who devoted both his heart and 18 years of his professional life to an organization he loved. We're not bitter that he was fired -- it was indeed time for a change -- but we are not at all happy with the manner in which it happened. The way he was left lurching in the wind for the past month was a disgrace that shook our previously held confidence in David Glass to its core. Thankfully, resolution came today, and RC bids Baird the best of luck in whichever club is the first to hire him. He's a class act in the truest sense of the word, and it won't be long before he finds a new home.

RC's search for an Official Hero begins anew.

23 Comments:

At 5/31/2006 9:01 PM, Blogger KowboyKoop said...

Allard Baird made a lot of mistakes, but he also had a ton of really tough luck.....he was unfortunate to be in a situation where he had to have good luck and had very little margin for error..whereas a lot of other GMs have a lot more margin for error and thus can afford to make the occasional mistake and have some bad luck. This isn't an excuse for Baird, as he didn't do a good job, but I don't think his record would've been THIS bad had he not gotten so unlucky....time to move on. Baird will be just fine in baseball...he'll probably get another shot at being a GM some time down the road..he's still only 44 years old.

 
At 5/31/2006 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't take you long to take down your Official Hero Sidebar, huh? You even dumped your Hero-in-Training!

When the Royals clean house, RC follows.

I'm very curious to see how things play out in the organization over the next couple of months. I would expect a major turnover of the management staff, the scouting department, and maybe the coaches.

 
At 5/31/2006 9:18 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Yeah, I took down the Hero-in-training because I think RC needs to head in a different direction with regard to our heroes.

 
At 5/31/2006 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm REALLY rooting for Allard, I'll be following his progress where ever he lands.

I don't disagree with today's move in the slightest, but...
You know what the worst thing about all this is?

The Royals really aren't THIS bad, they've been killed by luck and injury, and Allard's offseason moves really aren't that bad looking.

I hate seeing this team get so much pity-like media attention, pust the reset button on 2006 and the Royals could have 75 wins.

 
At 5/31/2006 11:10 PM, Blogger RoyalCornhusker said...

I'll be anxious to see how a new GM will build our starting pitching. We need some luck in this department - Greinke being solid would really help out. Bautista needs to perform to his potential. Can Elarton, Redman and Etharton at least be close to average ML pitchers?

I agree that the Royals aren't really THIS bad, but the team is so thin it couldn't withstand the injuries it has had. MacDougal ('05 version) would really help out the entire bullpen.

I'm still hopeful this team can play some solid baseball as Greinke and MacDougal et al return, but the starting pitching really has me doubting that now too. Maybe Keppel can be the good break we've been needing in the rotation!

 
At 6/01/2006 12:33 AM, Blogger wadephillips said...

Dave,

I justed wanted to say I love the headline, Dayton Accord. I hope everything is fine in Bosnia. If Moore works out you could consider Schuerholz as the official RC hero.

 
At 6/01/2006 12:38 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Hey Wade...Actually, I thought the headline was a little lame, but thanks anyway. I think it will be some time before RC unveils another official hero. And quite honestly, with the major changes in store for the site, it's quite possible that Baird will be the last Official Hero of RC.

We can live with that.

 
At 6/01/2006 1:17 AM, Anonymous Garth said...

These major changes are killing me. Glass backed his up, when are yours coming? :)

 
At 6/01/2006 1:37 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Hey Garth,
RC will not be bullied into making a decision before we're ready!

Nah...Just kidding. The decision has already been made. We just have to dot a few 'i's and cross a few 't's, and we'll let everyone know about the changes within the next week or two.

It will be a big change that will surprise some people, but the coverage that we'll be able to provide will dwarf anything that's currently available. I can't wait to reveal the details...

 
At 6/01/2006 1:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why all the crying for Allard Baird? No doubt, he was a failure. Uh, those guys get fired. The way it happened? Tell that to all those who get let go for not doing half as bad as Baird, didn't earn anywhere near as much, and have real-life problems to deal with afterwards.

At least Glass, who was absolutely skewered over this process did it right by hiring the right guy, giving him what he wanted, and paying him a ton of jack. Pretty much blowing away all the things so many people who insisted he was the lowest of scumbags had to complain about.

 
At 6/01/2006 7:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the change is to WSOXC instead of RC.............. :)

On a serious note....who will be drafting for the Royals? This is a huge draft for them since so much pitching is out there....hopefully their first 30 picks are pitchers :)

 
At 6/01/2006 10:18 AM, Blogger RoyalCornhusker said...

KC Star reported that Scouting Director Deric Ladnier is in charge of making the draft picks and has been for years...

“It’s Deric’s pick,” [Interim GM Muzzy] Jackson said. “He’s the scouting director; he has the authority to make the No. 1 pick. Obviously, your general manager has an input, but Deric is responsible for running the draft.”
...
“Nothing’s changed,” Ladnier said. “I’ve always run the draft. I listen to everyone’s opinion, but ultimately a decision has to be made.”

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/baseball/mlb/kansas_city_royals/14711527.htm

 
At 6/01/2006 12:02 PM, Anonymous Garth said...

Dave, you'll be putting my blog out of business, but I won't mind so long as you say "Dougie" when talking about Doug Mientkiewicz. :)

Nah, it all sounds really exciting.

 
At 6/01/2006 1:05 PM, Blogger RoyalCornhusker said...

With a new GM it's time to start dreaming about his first moves... RC, would you trade Grudzielanek and Mientkiewicz this year? I like both players. Are they really blocking anyone now that Huber is in the OF? If Mientkiewicz goes, who plays 1B? I'm assuming that if you trade them you try to get pitching in return.

What about Sanders? Does having him under contract for another year affect your decision?

 
At 6/01/2006 2:58 PM, Blogger Max said...

ALEX GORDON FOR NEW ROYALS CORNER OFFICIAL HERO!!!!!!!

I would definitely trade Minky, Grudzie and Graffie. I'd take feelers for Sanders and if I was bowled over, I'd pull the trigger.

Get the best player you can in return. I'd prefer pitching, but I'll take anything. We have lots of holes.

 
At 6/01/2006 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any updates on Greinke?

 
At 6/01/2006 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he's going to be assigned to High Desert.

 
At 6/01/2006 6:17 PM, Anonymous Chris Ray said...

Greinke will pitch for the Wranglers tomorrow.

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/sports/14718237.htm

 
At 6/02/2006 5:41 AM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

Hey man, I have reviewed the possible candidates for the draft and I say we draft Tim Lincecum. He is a strikeout MACHINE, and closest to major-league ready. We could have this dude in the rotation by September.

Royals Mania

 
At 6/02/2006 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You talk in circles more then my 100 year old grandmother. For years Baird was your official hero, now you say Glass hit a HR with the hiring of Dayton Moore.

 
At 6/02/2006 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1st inning for Zack.
9 pitches 8 strikes
strikeout and 2 grounouts.

 
At 6/02/2006 11:55 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

All told, this was one hell of a good first start for Bob Keppel. Two runs, four strikeouts and 12 groundouts in 6.2 innings ... outstanding.

 
At 6/03/2006 1:29 AM, Blogger Boston02 said...

Great game for Gienke, Great start for Keppel...Is that sunshine i see on the horizon?

 

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