These are interesting days in the life of Trey Hillman.
The manager of the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, Hillman led his team to the Pacific League title last night against Bobby Valentine and the Chiba Lotte Marines.
Meanwhile the Kansas City Royals are reportedly negotiating with him to become their next manager. It would be a good fit for Hillman, a Texas native who is a family man.
I got to know Trey when he he managed the Yankees old Class AA team in Connecticut, the Norwich Navigators. He’s a good manager and a better guy. He left the Yankees at that time knowing he would never be considered to manage the major league team. He went on to become the farm director in Texas and then left to manage in Japan, where he has been a huge success.
I’m sure Brian Cashman will reach out to him. Cashman thinks very highly of Hillman, as does Mark Newman.
I doubt he will be the manager, however. He’s still not a big enough name for the Tampa Trio. But he is somebody to keep an eye on.