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Royals announce restructuring of Baseball Operations Department

The Royals and Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations/ General Manager Dayton Moore today announced a restructuring of the Baseball Operations Department.  The redesign of the department starts with the retirement of Dean Taylor from the role of Vice President of Baseball Operations/Assistant General Manager.  Taylor, a veteran of 39 years of Major League service, will continue to serve the Royals as a consultant to baseball operations.

“I can’t thank Dean enough for the contributions he has made to our organization since accepting my invitation to return to Kansas City in 2006,” said Moore.  “His knowledge of the game, its history and the intricacies of the administrative aspects of our sport made him an invaluable part of our success.  I’m thankful he has accepted the role as consultant while also transitioning into retirement.  As for the restructuring, we have promoted several members of our staff and given them more responsibility in their roles of expertise.  I’m confident this group, as well as the others who remain with the department, will continue to work at a high level and make huge contributions to our future success.”

The restructured Baseball Operations Department:
J.J. Picollo – Vice President/Assistant General Manager of Player Personnel
Rene Francisco – Vice President/Assistant General Manager of Major League and International Operations
Scott Sharp – Assistant General Manager/Baseball Operations
Jin Wong – Assistant General Manager/Baseball Administration
Chino Cadahia – Senior Coordinator/Player Development
Kyle Vena – Director Baseball Administration
Ronnie Richardson – Director Minor League Operations
Mike Groopman – Director Baseball Operations/Analytics
John Williams – Director Baseball Analytics/Player Personnel
Daniel Mack – Director Baseball Analytics/Research Science
Chris Getz – Baseball Operations Assistant/Player Development
Phillip Stringer – Baseball Operations Assistant
Nick Relic – Minor League Video Coordinator

Royals lend a hand in Joplin

Here are a few of the many pictures that team photographer Chris Vleisides sent us from the Governor’s Joplin Challenge.  To learn more about this Habitat for Humanity project, visit 

Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry

The project was a change of pace for some associates (below).  For Rick Bobki (above), it had some similarities to his regular day at Kauffman Stadium.  Bobki is the team’s lead carpenter.

Willie Aikens and Assistant GM Dean Taylor work to finish their siding project.

Here’s a group photo of Royals associates, alumni, staff from the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and Habitat for Humanity.  Two of the homes that the group worked on are in the background.

Royals have something to "Crow" about

The Royals landed a highly touted prospect in the first round today, and the pitcher was in their own backyard.  University of Missouri product Aaron Crow, who went to Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, was the 12th overall pick.  Crow went 13-0 with Mizzou as a junior in 2008 to earn Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors.  He was selected by Washington last year, but did not sign.  Crow has pitched for the Fort Worth Cats in the independent American Assocation in 2008 and 2009.


Royals team photographer Chris Vleisides was in the “war room” during today’s first round.  Here are some exclusive pictures.


First, we see General Manager Dayton Moore as he talks with Midwest Regional Supervisor John Flannery.











Strategy.jpgHere’s Dayton discussing draft strategies with Lonnie Goldberg, Mike Arbuckle, J.J. Picollo, Steve Williams, and Dean Taylor.




Congratulations.jpgThe Royals have made their pick!  J.J. Picollo gets congratulations from the baseball operations staff, including National Supervisor Junior Vizcaino.


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