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.