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    mattdyer2

    Thanks, Greg.

    I’ve enjoyed your work on the radio and think you guys have done a fantastic job with the site. I worked with Levi Payton at the Carthage Press in Southwest Missouri, so it’s great to see him contributing. He does solid work.

    I agree Moore has gotten better with the media and should have been more clear with my point. I recall sitting at an APSE conference at Kauffman Stadium in 2007 and Moore was a guest speaker. Well, the Q&A, more or less, turned into a press conference. He may have been taken aback by the situation, but he was standoffish. At the pair of press conference I sat in on last season Moore looked and felt more comfortable, which only makes sense after a few years around the same people.

    Anyway, keep up the great work.

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    Greg Schaum

    Wow- was that your first Post on our site? I think it was and KUDOS to you….once our message board gets up I would love to see you as a leader on the boards

    I agree with much of what you said but I do not think Dayton is as popular with the media as you say….he has gotten much much better but he rarely gives anything more than the stock answer….

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    mattdyer2

    It’s been said before, but Dayton Moore might be the most important sports executive in Kansas City.

    Not that there’s a huge list to choose from, but it’s next to impossible to fail with an NFL franchise, or at least with a salary cap to create parody.

    What Moore has done in his short tenure with Royals is nothing short of miraculous. Moore, agree with him or not, took over a franchise that was nothing more than a kicking board for the rest of baseball. Except, perhaps, for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    David Glass, who fronted the board of directors after Ewing Kauffman passed away in 1993, bought the Royals for approximately $97 million. Today, depending on which report you read, the Royals are worth approximately three times the amount he purchased the team for. In that span, the Royals have had one — one — winning season. As we know, the Royals averaged 100 or more losses for four out of five years.

    It’s easy to point the blame toward Allard Baird, who made his fair share of ill-advised trades, but never had the resources to turn the Royals into a consistent winner. In the meantime, the farm system was gutted, replaced by a bunch of players who were willing to sign for pennies on the dollar. On top of that, the few stars the Royals developed, Baird had little choice but to ship them off for what he deemed “major-league ready” talent. Neifi Perez, Roberto Hernandez, A.J. Hinch, anyone?

    Somebody, as they always do, had to fall on the sword, if you will, and Baird was it. Don’s worry about Baird, though, he’s enjoying life today in the Red Sox organization.

    I give Moore credit for coming in and changing the culture in Kansas City, slowly but surely turning the Royals back into — if nothing else — a legitimate baseball franchise. I also give Moore credit for, as Levi pointed out, sticking to his guns. Moore, in my opinion, swayed away from the “Process” only once when he signed Jose Guillen, which he has since admitted was a mistake.

    Some feel it has taken too long, that the Royals should already be competing for a division title. Well, it’s hard for casual fans to really understand how bad the situation was when he took over. Moore, surrounded by a talented staff, has completely overhauled the farm system.

    Since his hiring, Moore has built one of the top minor league systems in baseball. The bottom line is, Moore knows what he is doing — he’s very good at it.

    He has a great relationship with the media because — wait for it — he’s honest and unpretentious. Those two qualities are rare for a man in his position.

    I will give Glass a little credit for opening up his wallet enough to to spend money on the draft and player development. Obviously, with the new CBA, things will change in the coming years, so hopefully Glass will continue to allow Moore to spend in other areas, perhaps locking up one or two players when they become arbitration eligible and inch closer to free agency. What a concept, huh?

    As much as I want to back the Royals, little and big things like the Fanfest and the handling of Frank White make you stop and shake your head still. Hopefully when the time comes, the Glass family will be willing to offer one or two extensions to help keep the current core of position players intact. This remains to be seen, other than club-friendly extensions handed out to Joakim Soria, Zack Greinke and Billy Butler.

    Considering the Royals spent $55 million on both Mike Sweeney and Gil Meche within the last 10 years, is it realistic to think the club would be willing to pony up $80-100 million dollars on Mike Moustakas or Eric Hosmer?

    It’s yet to be determined but, as the saying goes, the air is thick.

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    cpass

    I can think of one ready-now prospect who is blocked – the only thing is, most experts hesitate to even call him a prospect. But he’s ready, and I think he could be somebody’s DH: Clint Robinson. Hard to see how he gets a chance, though.

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    jim fetterolf

    Good piece, Levi. I agree with you and with GMDM staying the Process. I think it’s actually a bit ahead of schedule and am real optimistic about this season.

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