Trey Hillman is out.
Ned Yost is in.
Dayton Moore is having a difficult time getting through his press conference. “There comes a point in time when you need to make changes.”
Apparently, Hillman was approached following the game on Wednesday and told his days were numbered. In between rain delays, it felt to me that the Royals were lifeless… Moreso than usual. I wondered if the team had quit on Hillman. Despite Moore’s assertions that Hillman is a “great leader,” you have to wonder… This is a veteran team (why this is the case, I have no idea) and when the losses pile up, the older players start to question the direction of the team. Moore was asked if the Texas series was the tipping point. I think it was the first two Cleveland games. This team laid down.
The one reason Hillman wasn’t axed after Wednesday’s game was because Moore didn’t have a replacement lined up. He certainly had a pair of candidates in ex-managers Ned Yost and John Gibbons. Yost is an obvious choice, given his pedigree, both as a former member of Bobby Cox’s staff and as a manager who has led a team to the post season. Moore said he didn’t approach Yost until today about possibly taking over the team.
Once Yost was onboard, GMDM pulled the trigger.
From the release:
KANSAS CITY, MO (May 13, 2010) – The Kansas City Royals today dismissed Trey Hillman from his role as manager and he will be replaced immediately by Ned Yost, as announced by Dayton Moore, Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager following Thursday’s game with Cleveland.
Hillman, 47, compiled a 151-207 record in two-plus seasons at the helm. Kansas City was his first Major League managerial assignment after spending five seasons (2003-2007) with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan’s Pacific League, highlighted by three post-season appearances.
Yost, 55, joined the Royals as a Special Advisor to Baseball Operations on January, 13, 2010. He was manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003-08, compiling a 457-502 record (.477 winning pct.) before being relieved of his duties on September 15, 2008. Yost had a combined 166-146 ledger his last two seasons at the helm in Milwaukee.
The Marietta, GA, resident served Atlanta’s Bobby Cox as bullpen coach from 1991-98 and as the third base coach from 1999-2002 before being named manager in Milwaukee. During his stint with the Brewers, Yost was part of Tony LaRussa’s National League coaching staff for the 2005 All-Star Game in Detroit. He caught for parts of six seasons in the Majors from 1980-85 with Milwaukee, Texas and Montreal.