KANSAS CITY, MO (September 17, 2021) – JJ Picollo, senior vice president of baseball operations / general manager of the Kansas City Royals, today announced that Gene Watson has returned to the organization as vice president / assistant general manager – Major League Scouting .
“I feel very lucky to have been able to bring Gene back to our organization,” Picollo said. “He’s been an integral part of building our club to the championship level that we experienced when he first came here and I have no doubt that he will have a huge influence on our future success.”
“As an organization, we are delighted that Gene Watson is joining the Kansas City Royals,” said Dayton Moore, president of baseball operations. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our baseball operations department, but most of all he loves the Kansas City community.
Watson is returning to Kansas City after spending most of this season with the Los Angeles Angels as Senior Advisor to the General Manager / Major League Operations. He had been with the Royals for 14 seasons, joining the organization in 2006 as a Major League scout, before being promoted to pro scout coordinator in 2008, then pro scout director in 2012. The native of Texas also scouted the Marlins. , Braves and Padres, while also being a member of several USA Baseball selection committees.