Back in June, we learned that the Royals were considering signing embattled pitcher Luke Heimlich. Heimlich is a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of molesting his then-six-year-old niece back when he was 15 years-old. Heimlich went undrafted.
Per Tom Martin of KCTV5, Royals GM Dayton Moore said on Thursday, “That whole debate which dominated the news cycle… we simply weren’t gonna let the world continue to kick that kid because we know who he is.” Moore wouldn’t say if the team plans to sign him, but added, “Do we believe in him as a pitcher and a person? Dayton Moore does.”
Moore is very outspoken about his Christian beliefs. He helped organize an anti-porn seminar for his players in March. Moore presumably sees a sinner who can be redeemed.
There was pushback when Moore expressed interest in June. Hopefully there’s just as much or more pushback now that he’s openly considering Heimlich again. No other baseball executive has expressed interest in Heimlich, so Moore is out on his own on this one.