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Hillman out, Yost in in Kansas City

Posted on: May 13, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2010 6:50 pm
 

This was Royals' general manager Dayton Moore speaking to the Kansas City Star on Tuesday about manager Trey Hillman: "Trey is a tremendous leader. ... He's exactly what our organization needs at this point in time."

This was Moore speaking to Hillman 48 hours later in Kansas City: "You're fired!"

And with that, bam, another Royals manager bites the dust.

That's three in the past six years, five in the past 13, and on and on this grisly story goes. From Tony Muser to Tony Pena (who did deliver an AL Manager of the Year season in 2003) to Buddy Bell to Hillman. Fired, fired, fired, fired.

Next up is former Brewers manager Ned Yost, who joined the Royals this year as special advisor to baseball operations ... which is not unlike a storm chaser signing on as special advisor to tornado damage.

Wreckage everywhere. And what I can't get over is the twister that blew through in that 48-hour span from "He's exactly what our organization needs at this point in time" to "Pack your bags and hit the road, Jack."

Talk about a reaching a crisis point.

The Royals look like they have no idea what they're doing.

They clearly underachieved under Hillman: At midweek, they ranked fifth in the AL in batting average, sixth in slugging percentage, seventh in on-base percentage ... yet 11th in runs scored. Only Baltimore's record was worse.

But they also are not getting any better players than they were five or six years ago, and the pitching is abysmal. Statistically, only the Angels have a worse bullpen right now, and only Detroit has a worse rotation.

For that, the spotlight now swings straight over to Moore, whose choice to replace Hillman was predictable: An old Braves connection from the days when Moore was an assistant to Atlanta GM John Schuerholz and Yost was a coach on manager Bobby Cox's staff.

Whatever. This is a team that has lost 100 or more games in three of the past six years and 93 or more games in five of the past six years. Moore replaced former GM Allard Baird (fired, too) in May, 2006, and the Brewers have lost 93 and 97 games in two of Moore's three full seasons.

This season? They're on pace to finish 56-106.

The exact same record they posted in 2005, the last full season before Moore was hired.

Progress? Or irreversible corrosion?

It is never pleasant when a man loses his job, no matter how much relief there surely is in many quarters of Royal fandom today.

"Thankfully, in 20 years of managing, last year easily was my most trying year," Hillman told me this spring. "Easily. Because each day, you want to give the great fans of Kansas City what they want, what they deserve."

The Royals owe their great fans something fierce. And it isn't Scott Podsednik getting picked off of base, Yuniesky Betancourt half-assing a routine infield fly and muffing it, or the current sorry bullpen that has sabotaged several games the Royals could have won.

And it damned sure isn't singing the manager's praises early in the week only to fire the same guy later in the week.

Comments

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2010 6:00 pm
 

Hillman out, Yost in in Kansas City

Sorry for all the Hillbilly supporters, but damn! Woohoo! Think he thought he was doing all the right things, yet none really seemed to work. Too much of a stat/matchup guy playing Jap ball and not enough experience reading and feeling what was actually happening. Think the young guys need a more outwardly motivated type that can both provide instuction and motivation. Yost the right guy? Only time will tell, yet I really believe a move needed to be made and the sooner the better! KC has many problems, yet I gotta think this is for the better. Good luck to Trey and would like to add that he took this with as much class as could be expected.



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2010 5:55 pm
 

Hillman out, Yost in in Kansas City

does it even matter who is managing this group of cast offs and underacheivers. 



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2010 5:47 pm
 

Hillman out, Yost in in Kansas City

Ken Macha.



Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2010 5:46 pm
 

Who's gonna be fired next?




Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2010 5:45 pm
 

Hillman out, Yost in in Kansas City

Butler, Grienke and that's it.  Not Hillman's fault.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Hillman out, Yost in in Kansas City

Fired before the game but allowed to coach his last game. To bad ownership can't be fired. That is where the true problem lies.




Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2010 5:42 pm
 

Hillman out, Yost in in Kansas City

They could very well be the worst run team in the majors.  Pathetic.  The fans deserve better.  Ownership should be ashamed of themselves.  MLB should be ashamed and appalled as well.



Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2010 5:38 pm
 

Hillman out, Yost in in Kansas City

How about too bad he couldn't pitch middle relief either?




Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2010 5:38 pm
 

Hillman out, Yost in in Kansas City

I'll bet the city is in shock.  This is ground breaking news.  Who woke up this morning expecting this?  Nobody.  I have to go out and clear my head...this is too much at one time.



Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2010 5:37 pm
 

Hillman out, Yost in in Kansas City

After a win too?? Geez...just wait a day or two til they lose again then fire the guy...not after a win...


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