Dayton Moore’s Extension Was a Bad Idea

So, just after I a write a post about Dayton Moore, he gets an extension. That’s probably a coincidence, but I’m not sure that it is such a coincidence that the announcement took place just after Joe Posnanski left the Kansas City Star.

This was a bad idea, but not because he’s bad at his job. I really don’t have enough information about what he has done within the mess that is the Royals organization to say. He could be running the team into the ground or setting up a foundation to breed long-term success. The reason the extension is a bad idea is that it sends a message to the public that you are committed to the status quo for five more years. If I’m a season ticket holder, does this make me happy or sad? Right now, I’d have to say sad.

The extension represents an unnecessary vote of confidence in Moore. Is he in danger of taking a job elsewhere? Maybe if he turns things around he becomes a candidate to move in the future, but if he does this, you’ll have a good organization to build off of. There is very little to be lost by keeping Moore in place and extending him year to year if needed. Until he proves he can build a winner, there is little danger that he leaves. The five-year extension means the Royals are going to be hesitant to fire Moore, and less likely to change.

I think this is a situation where a lack of stability actually signals a brighter future and increases fan interest. If you are a Royals fan, change represents hope; just as a sick dictator may signal coming freedom. The organization has just committed to a man who’s guided the Royals through four losing seasons. And no matter how good Moore may be, that’s not information that is going to excite season ticket holders.

2 Responses “Dayton Moore’s Extension Was a Bad Idea”

  1. Millsy says:

    Could it be that the Royals recognize that continuity is required for rebuilding/building a successful baseball club? Changing managers now would possibly be like completely restarting. Maybe they (probably mistakenly) think that 9 years is how long it takes to get to the top. Despite the current situation, how much is that ‘brighter’ signal really worth? Do you think there’s significant value in the incentives for Moore to build long-term success in the team, rather than maximize wins this year? Maybe he’s significantly increased profits in KC, despite having a terrible team and paying money to Betancourt and Jacobs. Sorry, lots of (maybe unanswerable) questions!

    With that said, the fact that Moore has already had 4 years to show what he can do might be enough evidence to say he has lost the fans.

    Then again, the Lions fired Matt Millen (finally) and I’m not convinced anyone’s really convinced of a brighter future here in Michigan. They’re offering season tickets for $240. And have now offered all-you-can-eat seats!!! All the non-alcoholic beverage/food you can stuff in four 15-minute Quarters for the price of a ticket.

  2. David says:

    Other than this year, the most notable move that Moore made was to give Gil Meche a 5 year $55 million deal. The first two years of that looked like one could accept that (especially considering the money given to Zito and Schmidt), but this year (year 3) looks ugly. Probably the best move was trading Burgos for Brian Bannister. The other thing that comes to mind was rushing Alex Gordon into the majors, and that whole situation should have been handled better.

    So, yeah, I don’t get it either.