Royals GM Dayton Moore balances 'daily duties,' uncertain future

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Posted at 6:15 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 19:16:34-04

Life for the general manager of the Kansas City Royals has been much like life for the rest of us.

"You're still expected to go through your daily duties, although they have changed somewhat," Royals GM Dayton Moore said. "But on the positive side, I've been able to reconnect with family."

As far as his baseball family, it's scattered all over the country.

Moore uses video conferencing and good, old-fashioned phone calls to connect with them in what he calls "the new normal."

"If there is a silver lining to this, technology is so good, we're able to communicate," Moore said. "We're able to have FaceTime. We're able to set up conference calls at a moment's notice."

After all, just about every possibility is on the table in Major League Baseball.

The league's initial suspension of Opening Day has already been extended, making late May or early June the hopeful start date of the season.

But right now, the truth is that no one knows.

"I'm going to be optimistic; I'm going to say sooner rather than later," Moore said. "But that's just a guess. I don't know."

When baseball does return, MLB has an array of issues to deal with.

How many games will the almost certainly shortened season be? How late into the year will the postseason go? Will teams schedule and play more double-headers? Will the playoffs format change?

"We've had a lot of discussions on what would be an acceptable format, what we think would be best for the Kansas City Royals," Moore said. "I've always been in favor of seven-inning doubleheaders. That could be a really neat thing on a Sunday afternoon for our community."

For the time being, one decision has been made: June's annual MLB First-Year Player Draft will be shortened.

MLB hasn't decided on how far to pare down its 40-round event, but it may be as short as five rounds.

"There will be a lot of players who won't get drafted in 2020 who could be eligible in 2021," Moore said.

So much yet to be determined, while Moore and other MLB executives are armed with only phones and laptops.

"The people in baseball right now, the people in the commissioner's office, the ownership group, they're gonna do in what's in the best interest of the game," Moore said.