I can’t help to think what could have been

Published 6:09 pm Tuesday, November 3, 2015

That was one of my first thoughts Sunday night after watching the Kansas City Royals defeat the New York Mets 7-2 to wrap up the 2015 World Series championship in five games.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore, who built the current outstanding Royals team, was once a top executive in the Atlanta Braves front office.

Joining the Braves as a scout in 1994, Moore quickly advanced in the Braves organization. He went on to serve as assistant director of scouting, assistant director of player development and director of international scouting before being promoted to director of player personnel development in 2002.

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Moore became Braves assistant general manager in 2005. Many thought he was being groomed to be the next Braves general manager, but the Royals beat the Braves to the draw and hired him for their general manager position on June 8, 2006.

On Aug. 31, 2009, the Royals extended Moore’s contract as general manager through 2014 and the rest is history. Before winning the World Championship this year

The Royals lost to the San Francisco Giants in seven games in the 2014 World Series.

The Braves, who are currently in a rebuilding mode after firing former general manager Frank Wren, currently have a strong front office led by president and former general manager John Schuerholz, president of baseball operations John Hart, recently named general manager John Coppolella. I cannot help but wonder how things might have been different if they had hired Dayton Moore when they hired Frank Wren.

Royals manager Ned Yost also has a Braves connection. He was third base coach for former Braves hall of fame manager Bobby Cox.

I have nothing against current Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez because I think he has done a respectable job with the hand he has been dealt, but I can’t help but wonder how things might have been different for the Braves if they had hired Dayton Moore as general manager and Ned Yost as manager when they had the chance.