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Can Hillman Save the Powder Blue?

Trey Hillman, so serious.After yet another embarrassing season, the Kansas City Royals will look to new manager Trey Hillman in an attempt to regain their composure, respectability and hopefully, a winning season.

Hillman, who has never played, coached or managed in the big leagues, was hired on Friday in light of his success in the minors as well as with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan. He spent 13 years managing in the New York Yankees' minor league system, earning manager of the year on three occasions.

For the first time in three seasons, Kansas City avoided 100 losses for a glimmer of hope in a dismal baseball city.

With some cheap young talent in third baseman Alex Gordon and lumber-swinging Billy Butler along with right-handers Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke, the club should have a busy offseason with the free agent feast at the winter meetings.

The Royals haven't been to the playoffs since the late Dick Howser led KC to their 1985 World Series Championship.

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1 Comment:

Dianna said...

Kansas City has some interesting young talent in the system. The problem is these guys are still probably a couple of years away from being ready for MLB. (They didn't much help the Rafters yesterday either.) I can't imagine that KC is looking to really compete for a few more years at best though, so I don't think and untried field manager is going to hurt them that much.