The Kansas City Royals have hired a new manager by the name of Trey Hillman. He’s the guy pictured below celebrating a Japan Series win with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. (Try saying that three times quickly with a straight face.)
As stated here before my first choice would have been for Frank White. Having said that, I don’t think you want me running a baseball team with my vast knowledge of college basketball.
To date most of Dayton Moore’s decisions have been spot on as to changing the talent make-up and losing culture of the Royals. We had very modest improvement this year with a manager that came in with a lousy record. So in walks this guy who knows how to win. He knows how to adapt. He wasn’t a golden boy. He was the kid you wanted to cut but couldn’t. At least that’s what I get when I read between the lines. See Joe Posnanski’s article
in today’s Kansas City Star.
Also, doesn’t this all make you wonder about Buddy Bell’s “retirement?” He retired to spend more time with family and work in the Royals’ front office. Then, an hour and a half later, he takes a scouting job with the Chicago White Sox. Does that sound like he retired? Sounds like Dayton Moore allowed him to leave with dignity so that he could make a hire of a younger manager more in tune with all the young talent the Royals have both here in Kansas City and Wichita.
In a closing thought this can only help real estate investing, right? As the Royals begin a ten year tear winning 3 World Series titles the value of the team and the city will rise exponentially. It’s perfect! 🙂