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Mike Moore discusses his career on MiLB.TV during the 2007 Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn.

Moore sets new standard

Looking back on Mike Moore's 16 years as Minor League Baseball's president, those that worked closely with him remember not only his ground-breaking work, but also his leadership and ability to relate with people. Moore is largely considered to be one of the Minor Leagues' most influential figures, having led the industry to a new level during his time at the helm.

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Mike Moore: Through the Years 

Born and raised in Columbus, Ind., Mike Moore attended Tampa University, where he played varsity baseball, then worked as a sportscaster in Tampa, Fla., before beginning a career in Minor League Baseball that would span four decades.


“My strongest belief is that Mike is leaving us a legacy of having brought to Minor League Baseball a new level of professionalism and I mean professionalism in its best and most encompassing fashion.”

Branch Rickey, Pacific Coast League president

“I've never been around a guy with so much common sense. He has such an ability to read people. He'll be five years ahead of his time and it will be the way he said it would be when you get there.”

Pat O'Conner, President of Minor League Baseball

“I never met a man as qualified to be in baseball as Mike. He could have made a great commissioner of baseball. He's an amazing guy who truly has vision when it comes to the game.”

George Zuraw, longtime scout and baseball executive

“The leadership that Mike Moore has provided as President over the past 16 years has resulted in the longest and most sustained period of prosperity and stability in minor league history and we are grateful to him for this.”

Stan Brand, Vice President of Minor League Baseball

Career Highlights

Summary of Accomplishments

  • Convened a constitutional convention to rewrite the National Association Agreement
  • Converted the NA from a “political” structure into a “corporate” one
  • Played a key role in the phenomenal growth of the NA over the past 17 years
  • Established a partnership between the Professional Baseball Promotion Corporation and MLB Properties
  • Facilitated the licensing of merchandise on an international basis
  • Guided merchandise sales on an average of about $40 million since 1993
  • Drove the realignment of Triple-A Baseball from three leagues into two
  • Established the Triple-A World Series (1998-2000)
  • Provided a central office for national sponsors to work with MiLB clubs
  • Oversaw nearly $25 million in sponsorships for member clubs since 1993
  • Executed Minor League Baseball’s centennial celebration in 2001
  • Facilitated the creation of the Professional Baseball Umpire Corp.
  • Succeeded in establishing all-time attendance records for past four years