Allard Baird

Allard Baird (/ˈælərd ˈbɛərd/; born November 8, 1961) is an American professional baseball executive for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB), currently vice president and assistant general manager for scouting and player development. Baird previously held executive positions with the Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox.

Allard Baird
New York Mets
Assistant general manager
Born: November 8, 1961 (age 57)
Rochester, New Hampshire
Teams

Early years

Baird grew up in Rochester, New Hampshire, where he played baseball for the Spaulding High School Red Raiders. He played college baseball at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) in 1985, coached at SAU in 1986, and then was the head coach at Broward Community College in 1987.[1][2] Baird was inducted to the SAU hall of fame in 2012.[1]

Career

Kansas City Royals

Baird spent 18 years in the Kansas City Royals organization, starting as the hitting coach for Class A Appleton of the Midwest League in 1988.[3] He worked his way up the executive ladder, including serving as an assistant to the GM (1998) and assistant GM (1999–2000).[4]

Baird replaced Herk Robinson as the Royals' general manager on June 17, 2000. Baird's job was a difficult one: taking a small-market, losing-record team and trying to compete against teams like the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.

During his six full years as general manager, Baird traded away popular players Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltrán, and Jermaine Dye with many Royal fans feeling that the team didn't get equal value. He also signed free agent Juan González to a one-year, $4 million contract, but he played only 33 games due to a back injury.[5]

After a poor start to the 2006 Royals season, Baird was fired on May 31 and replaced by Dayton Moore. During Baird's tenure, the team amassed a win-loss record of 381–576 (.398), including three 100-loss seasons and only one winning season (2003). The Royals did lead MLB in hits for the 2000 season.[6]

Boston Red Sox

Baird joined the Boston Red Sox in 2006 as an assistant to the general manager after his firing in Kansas City, and later was named vice president and director of professional scouting. Baird later became the senior vice president of player personnel,[7] serving under President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski. The Red Sox won the World Series three times during Baird's time with the team; 2007, 2013, and 2018.

New York Mets

On November 28, 2018, Baird was hired by the New York Mets, to work for new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b "Hall of Fame: Allard Baird". muleriderathletics.com. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Gregg, Kevin (2017). Boston Red Sox Media Guide. Boston Red Sox. p. 32.
  3. ^ http://www.thebaseballcube.com/teams/roster.asp?Y=1988&T=10084
  4. ^ Baseball America Executive Database
  5. ^ Royals.com
  6. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/14707979.htm Kansas City.com
  7. ^ mlb.com 2011.11.22
  8. ^ Abraham, Peter (November 28, 2018). "Red Sox executive Allard Baird hired away by Mets". The Boston Globe. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
Preceded by
Herk Robinson
Kansas City Royals General Manager
20002006
Succeeded by
Dayton Moore
2006 Kansas City Royals season

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Baird (surname)

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Bob Hegman

Robert Hilmer Hegman (born February 26, 1958 in Springfield, Minnesota), is an American former Major League Baseball player who played in 1985 with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals. Hegman attended St. Cloud State University. Primarily a second baseman during his pro playing career, Hegman threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg).

His one big-league game came on August 8, 1985, when he replaced George Brett in the lineup for the ninth inning. Greg Pryor, who had been playing second base, moved over to third base to replace Brett defensively, while Hegman took his position at second base. He played just one inning without a fielding chance.

Later when asked if he received a World Series ring, Hegman replied, "Heck, all I got was a $100 check. I should have kept it and framed it, but I had to eat".He remained with the Royals for 16 seasons (1987–2002) after his playing career ended and served ten seasons (1993–2002) as the club's director or senior director of minor league operations. He was dismissed by then-Royals general manager Allard Baird in July 2002 in a streamlining of the Kansas City front office.He is currently a Major League scout for the Minnesota Twins.

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Beltrán was the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year in 1999 while with the Royals. He was named to nine MLB All-Star Games, and won three Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards. Beltrán was the fifth player to reach both 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases and just the fourth switch hitter with 400 home runs. He is also a member of the 30–30 club, as he has hit 30 home runs and stolen 30 bases in the same season. Beltrán retired after the 2017 season, winning a World Series title with the Houston Astros.

Beltrán is among the best all-time statistical hitters in postseason games, which has earned him nicknames such as "the new Mr. October", "Mr. October, Jr.", "Señor Octubre", and "the real Mr. October" from the media. He broke the 1.000 OPS mark in four different playoff series. Beltrán also had a 100% stolen base percentage (11-for-11) during the playoffs, which are the most stolen bases without being caught.

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Dayton Moore

Dayton Moore (born February 17, 1967) is the general manager of the Kansas City Royals. He succeeded Allard Baird.

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Spencer "Herk" Robinson (born 1941) is a retired American front office executive in Major League Baseball. He served for almost a decade as general manager of the Kansas City Royals, from October 10, 1990, through June 17, 2000, and was an executive in the Royals' front office for almost 35 years.Robinson attended the University of Miami and Washington University in St. Louis. He entered baseball with the Cincinnati Reds in 1964 as secretary of minor league clubs and switched to the Baltimore Orioles after the 1968 season. In December 1969, Robinson joined the year-old Royals as assistant director of scouting and began a steady rise through the Kansas City organization, switching from baseball to business operations in 1980. After ten seasons as the Royals' top administrator, he was given the general manager role when John Schuerholz departed for the Atlanta Braves following the 1990 campaign.However, Robinson's tenure as top baseball executive in Kansas City was marked by the club's continued decline from perennial contender to also-ran in the American League West Division and, after 1993, the AL Central. The team's original owner, Ewing Kauffman, died in 1993, and Robinson presided during a transitional period before the club was purchased by former Wal-Mart CEO David Glass. The Royals recorded only three over-.500 seasons during that period, and lost 90 games or more three times, including in Robinson's final full season, 1999.

After his replacement by Allard Baird, Robinson became the team's executive vice president and chief operating officer. He retired from that position in May 2004, although he began the 2010 season still associated with the Royals as a member of the club's board of directors.

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Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals are an American professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member team of the American League (AL) Central division. The team was founded as an expansion franchise in 1969, and has participated in four World Series, winning in 1985 and 2015, and losing in 1980 and 2014.

The name Royals pays homage to the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, rodeo, and championship barbeque competition held annually in Kansas City since 1899 as well as the identical names of two former negro league baseball teams that played in the first half of the 20th century (one a semi-pro team based in Kansas City in the 1910s and 1920s that toured the Midwest and a California Winter League team based in Los Angeles in the 1940s that was managed by Chet Brewer and included Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson on its roster). The Los Angeles team had personnel connections to the Monarchs but could not use the Monarchs name. The name also fits into something of a theme for other professional sports franchises in the city, including the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, the former Kansas City Kings of the NBA, and the former Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League.

In 1968, the team held a name-the-team contest that received more than 17,000 entries. Sanford Porte, a bridge engineer from the suburb of Overland Park, Kansas was named the winner for his “Royals” entry. His reason had nothing to do with royalty. “Kansas City’s new baseball team should be called the Royals because of Missouri’s billion-dollar livestock income, Kansas City’s position as the nation’s leading stocker and feeder market and the nationally known American Royal parade and pageant,” Porte wrote. The team's board voted 6-1 on the name, with the only opposition coming from team owner Ewing Kauffman, who eventually changed his vote and said the name had grown on him.Entering the American League in 1969 along with the Seattle Pilots, the club was founded by Kansas City businessman Ewing Kauffman. The franchise was established following the actions of Stuart Symington, then-United States Senator from Missouri, who demanded a new franchise for the city after the Athletics (Kansas City's previous major league team that played from 1955 to 1967) moved to Oakland, California in 1968. Since April 10, 1973, the Royals have played at Kauffman Stadium, formerly known as Royals Stadium.

The new team quickly became a powerhouse, appearing in the playoffs seven times from 1976 to 1985, winning one World Series championship and another AL pennant, led by stars such as Amos Otis, Hal McRae, John Mayberry, George Brett, Frank White, Willie Wilson, and Bret Saberhagen. The team remained competitive throughout the early 1990s, but then had only one winning season from 1995 to 2012. For 28 consecutive seasons (1986–2013), the Royals did not qualify to play in the MLB postseason, one of the longest postseason droughts during baseball's current wild-card era. The team broke this streak in 2014 by securing the franchise's first wild card berth and advancing to the World Series. The Royals followed this up by winning the team's first Central Division title in 2015 and defeating the New York Mets for their first World Series title in 30 years.

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