Now You Can Call Him "Doctor Baseball" | Benedictine College

Now You Can Call Him "Doctor Baseball"

Published: Saturday, May 16, 2015

Many fans might believe Dayton Moore, Royals’ Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations & General Manager, has an advanced degree in baseball. And now, thanks to Benedictine College, they can officially call him “doctor.” On Saturday, May 16, the Catholic, Liberal Arts College in Atchison, Kansas, presented him with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during its annual commencement exercises, at which he was also the keynote speaker.

“The future belongs to people who believe in it,” he said in his speech, which focused on faith and teamwork. “There’s no doubt in my mind that each and every one of you are gifted for success and will make a great difference.”

He went on to tell the graduates that it will be important to learn from their failures, which he said present opportunities. He concluded by saying that the two most important things they will need for success in life is to be able to forgive daily, both themselves and others, and don't quit. And he reminded them that you need faith to do that.

Moore has shown a knack for winning, from championships in his early days managing the Winchester Royals of the Shenandoah Valley League, to 14-straight division titles with the Atlanta Braves, to turning the Royals around and bringing league championships and World Series dreams to Kansas City.

Moore is a native Kansan, born in Wichita. He came to the Kansas City Royals organization with an impressive resume from the Atlanta Braves, where he consistently moved up within the organization to eventually serve as Assistant General Manager/Baseball Operations. Since joining the Royals in 2006, he and his staff have worked to build a strong farm system, rated among the best in baseball, and have shown success on the field.

Under Moore's leadership, the Royals won 86 games in 2013, then went on to win the American League Championship and go to the World Series in 2014. The club has also signed several key in-house players to long-term contracts during his tenure including Zack Greinke, Joakim Soria, Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar.

Moore joins the ranks of Bob Hope, Lou Holtz, Father Flanagan, Sen. Paul Ryan, Governor Sam Brownback, Bob and Elizabeth Dole, Dick Vermeil and Erma Bombeck, who have all addressed Benedictine College’s graduates in the past.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.