The Kansas City Royals—Mason Baseball Connection

Posted In Patriot Circle - By Alan Kelly On Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 With 0 Comments

As the World Series begins tonight, the spotlight shines, in part, upon four former George Mason baseball players, all of whom now hold prominent roles in the Kansas City Royals front office. Behind the surprising success of the Royals lies the hard work of general manager Dayton Moore, assistant general manager JJ Picollo, scouting director Lonnie Goldberg, and area scout Ken Munoz. As Mason teammates, the four contributed to two CAA championships, and now they will look to bring a World Series title to Kansas City for the first time since 1985.

From the Washington Post:

Some of Bill Brown’s players at George Mason heard stories this fall, as the Kansas City Royals stumbled out of the baseball wilderness and morphed into a postseason juggernaut. The men who built the Royals over eight painstaking years, the players heard, had played for Brown back in the early 1990s — “the dark ages,” Brown said — and used their time with the Patriots as a launching pad for lives in baseball.

“Is it true?” they would ask their head coach. Absolutely, Brown would tell them.

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From CBS-DC:

The Royals were only beginning their magical 2014 season as the Patriots’ was ending, and you better believe the Mason alumni base now firmly rooted in Kansas City were keeping track of their Alma Mater.

“Certainly we follow what the Patriots are doing,” Picollo told 106.7 The Fan’s Bill Rohland over the weekend. “We knew they were having a good year this year, in a new conference, and then when they won the conference tournament we were texting each other and talking about it in our own world. So yea, we’re very proud of what Billy’s done there, and not a lot of coaches have had the opportunity to stay in one spot for as long as he has. He just does a tremendous job, and I’m proud to be a Patriot.”

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From GoMason.com:

During their tenure as students at Mason the group helped bring home two regular season CAA Conference championships, two CAA Conference Tournament championships and three NCAA Regional appearances, spanning the years of 1988-1994. The 1993 season was the lone year that all four had the chance to play together, winning 39 games and earning the programs first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Post-Mason the four had their own separate journey’s, but not without crossing paths along the way.

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“Some of us were in the same classes or the same education programs, it was really a tight-knit group there,” said Kansas City Royals Director of Scouting Lonnie Goldberg. “My time being there, our teams were successful and we enjoyed playing for one another. I think just the background of what Skip did and Dayton being there, just having good people… just allowed us all to grow probably as baseball players and as people. It was a really fun time and it’s pretty unique I guess to be working with the same people that you played and had communication with.”

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About - Alan Kelly is a 2010 and 2013 graduate of George Mason University and a former member of the Patriot Platoon. He had the memorable experience of being in the middle of the college decision process as George Mason's Final Four run unfolded. He currently resides in Northern Virginia.

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