Dayton Moore became general manager of the Royals on June 8, 2006, and he was charged with rebuilding a once-proud small-market franchise that was in the midst of a playoff drought that would last 29 years.
What took place over the next six seasons was an average of 92 losses per year -- but also good drafting, key trades, patience and development. Delayed gratification is a very difficult emotion to control in professional sports. It creates doubt, fear and, in most cases, a survival mentality. Only the mentally strong can hold onto their vision in the face of constant criticism and second-guessing.
Dan O'Dowd is an MLB Network analyst and MLB.com columnist who served as general manager of the Rockies for 15 years, building a National League pennant winner in 2007. Prior to his time with Colorado, he worked in the front offices of the Orioles and Indians. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.