Royals Introduce Trey Hillman
No, he wasn’t referencing a desire for some Kansas City BBQ…yet…but rather the deep hunger he has for winning. And, for all of us with the Royals, we couldn’t have heard anything more direct and perfect from our new manager.
In a 2 p.m. press conference Monday, General Manager Dayton Moore officially introduced Hillman as the Royals manager. With players Mark Teahen and John Buck standing in support off to the side, Hillman slipped on a Royals jersey and got his first taste of the Kansas City media, which flooded into Kauffman Stadium’s interview room.
Prior to fielding questions from the media, Hillman first met one of his new families – the Royals front office – in a brief welcome reception that had the Texas-born manager pledging a slogan we can all get on board with: Total Commitment. It’s a pretty simple message from a guy who considers himself pretty simple, but effective in delivering success.
The packed press conference lasted just under an hour and Hillman accepted the Royals welcome by addressing everyone in Japanese – a skill he’s picked up as manager of the Nippon Ham Fighters for the past five years. He then made it clear that he’ll be happy to answer any and all questions in English. And, from there, the ball rolled smoothly for the new skipper.
Hillman – in Kansas City for just three days – heads back to Japan now to manage the Fighters in the Japan Series. The team is going for back-to-back championship titles – something we are all looking forward to doing in Kansas City soon. Welcome (aka: Konichiwa) to The K, Manager Hillman!