Atlanta assistant GM Moore turns down Red Sox

Updated: November 18, 2005, 6:39 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Atlanta assistant general manager Dayton Moore has told the Boston Red Sox that he's no longer interested in the GM job vacated by Theo Epstein.

Moore, considered a favorite to become the Braves' GM when 65-year-old John Schuerholz retires, said Tuesday that he doesn't want to uproot his family. He and his wife, Marianne, have three young children. Moore has been with the Braves since 1994.

"Our children are 9, 6 and 3," Moore said. "The demands of this game are tough enough. To be general manager of the Red Sox, it just puts it in a whole other gear. It just didn't feel right."

The Red Sox have interviewed four candidates, including Moore, who met last Wednesday with Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and chairman Tom Werner at annual general managers' meetings in California.

"I was torn, and had very mixed emotions and felt very comfortable with Larry Lucchino and his visions for the club," Moore said. "I felt 100 percent comfortable that he and the ownership would do everything they can to allow the general manager to be successful. It made it very appealing."

On the other hand, he said, "I've worked closely with John Schuerholz. I've worked closely with him day in and out. I just feel I've got two families. I've got the family I support and I've got the Braves. Combine the two, and it's a tough place to leave."

Epstein helped put together the 2004 Red Sox team that won the franchise's first World Series title since 1918. He departed when his contract expired Oct. 31, after he and Lucchino were unable to reach a new agreement.

The Red Sox also were spurned by Cleveland assistant GM Chris Antonetti, who turned down a chance to interview for the job.

Boston also interviewed Washington general manager Jim Bowden, Minnesota assistant GM Wayne Krivsky and former Orioles executive vice president Jim Beattie. The Red Sox want to hire a replacement by the winter meetings, scheduled for Dec. 5-8.

Lucchino said in a statement that Moore "was given a great new opportunity to stay in Atlanta. For that reason and for family considerations, he has withdrawn from consideration."


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