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Royals name Mitch Maier as director of baseball operations

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Posted at 3:04 PM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 16:04:08-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mitch Maier, who has served as the Kansas City Royals' first base coach since 2018, was announced Tuesday as the club's new director of baseball operations.

“It’s a great opportunity to grow within this game and grow within this organization,” Maier said in a statement from the Royals announcing his promotion.

Maier, 37, also has worked with the team’s outfielders and baserunners.He was the Royals’ minor-league outfield/base running coordinator in 2017 before joining the big-league staff.

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said the team is “extremely delighted” Maier will transition to this new role.

“He is a terrific leader and person who is highly respected throughout the baseball community and brings a wealth of experience as a Major League player and coach to our baseball operations department,” Moore said.

Maier, a Michigan native who appeared in 359 games for the Royals from 2006-12, has been with the Royals’ organization since being selected in the first round of the 2003 first-year player draft. He has spent all but one pro season in Kansas City.

He currently lives in Stilwell with his wife, Karrie, and their three children.