Thomas Brad "Trey" Hillman (born January 4, 1963) is an American professional baseball coach for the Miami Marlins. He has also served as the manager of both the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan's Pacific League, the Kansas City Royals in the American League and the SK Wyverns in the KBO League. He has also been a coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and the Houston Astros.
Hillman with Los Angeles Dodgers, April 2013
|Miami Marlins – No. 3|
|Infielder / Manager / Coach|
|Born: January 4, 1963|
|Career highlights and awards|
Hillman played college baseball at the University of Texas at Arlington. He signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1985, and played in the Indians farm system from 1985 to 1987, appearing in 162 games and hitting .179 while playing various infield positions.
Hillman became a scout for the Indians in 1988. He became a manager in the New York Yankees minor league system in 1990 and remained in the Yankees farm system through 2001, including three years (1999–2001) as manager of the AAA Columbus Clippers. He won the league championship in 1990 with the Oneonta Yankees of the New York–Penn League.
He left the Yankees to become the director of player development for the Texas Rangers in 2002.
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Hillman was invited to manage the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in 2003. His team won the Pacific League championship in 2006, and returned to defend their title in 2007. It was the first pennant for the franchise in 25 years when they won the championship in 2006, and the repeated success in 2007 was accomplished despite the loss of key players such as Michihiro Ogasawara and Hideki Okajima. His team also won the Japan Series and Asia Series in 2006. The team set a franchise-record 14-game winning streak during the 2007 season.
Pitcher Satoru Kanemura spoke out against Hillman after he had been removed in a two out, bases loaded situation in a game on September 24, 2006. Kanemura was angered because he would have gotten his 10th win of the year if he had gotten through the inning, and the team reacted harshly, penalizing Kanemura with a large fine, and a suspension (which was later shortened). Kanemura apologized to Hillman afterwards and went on to win Game 4 of the Japan Series.
Following the example of Chiba Lotte Marines manager Bobby Valentine, he showed his appreciation towards fans by speaking in broken Japanese sentences. After the game in which Fighters won the pennant in 2006, he shouted "Shinjirarenai!", the Japanese phrase stands for "Unbelievable", to the fans gathered in Sapporo Dome. He repeated the phrase after winning the Nippon Series, and repeated again after winning the Asia Championship. Thus, like Boston Red Sox's "The Impossible Dream", Hillman's "Shinjirarenai" became the most popular term describing Fighters' success in 2006.
After the end of the 2006 season, Hillman was one of the final four candidates for the Texas Rangers' managerial position, but he eventually lost the job to Oakland Athletics third base coach Ron Washington. He was also a candidate for the San Diego Padres' managerial position around the same time, but the Padres elected to hire Bud Black instead. Following Joe Torre's departure from the New York Yankees, Hillman was considered to be a candidate to become the Yankees' next manager. On October 19, 2007, Hillman signed a multi-year contract to manage the Kansas City Royals. He was the first Major League Baseball manager to be hired based on his Japanese baseball record.
Kansas City Royals
On March 31, 2008, Hillman made his managerial debut for the Kansas City Royals. The Royals defeated the Detroit Tigers 5–4 in 11 innings to earn Hillman his first career managerial victory in MLB. Hillman said "It's a great honor, it's humbling."
Under Hillman, the Royals started the season 3–0 with a series sweep over the heavily favored Detroit Tigers. Through 15 games, the team was 9–6 compared to their 4–11 start from the previous season. By the end of the season, the Royals' 75–87 record was the team's best since 2003. Hillman returned for a second season with the Royals in 2009 but the team tallied a 65–97 record despite a promising start to the season. He served on Joe Maddon's coaching staff for the 2009 MLB All-Star Game.
Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Yankees
He subsequently was hired by the New York Yankees to be a special assistant for major and minor league operations.
On October 26, 2016, Hillman was hired by the KBO League team SK Wyverns as their new manager. With this move, he became the first person to manage teams in Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the KBO League. On November 12, 2018, Hillman became the first foreign manager to win the Korean Series by defeating Doosan Bears in the 2018 Korean Series. He also became the first manager to win the Korean Series and the Japan Series.
Hillman is a Christian. He and his wife of more than 20 years, Marie, have two children, a son T.J., and a daughter Brianna, and live in Liberty Hill, Texas.
- As of July 25th, 2015
|Team||From||To||Regular season record||Post–season record|
|W||L||Win %||W||L||Win %|
|Kansas City Royals||2008||2010||152||207||.423||0||0||–|
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- "Fighters win Pacific League". The Japan Times. 2006-10-13.
- The Official Site of The Texas Rangers: News: Rangers' job narrowed down to four Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine
- Kaegel, Dick. Royals introduce Hillman as new manager MLB.com, 22 October 2007.
- Neel, Eric. "Could one of these guys be your team's next manager?" ESPN Magazine, 17 June 2008.
- Shaikin, Bill (October 22, 2013). "Dodgers fire bench coach Trey Hilman". LA Times. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- McCullough, Andy (December 20, 2013). "MLB hot stove: Yankees add former big-league manager Mike Quade, Trey Hillman to organization".
- "Trey Hillman to be named Astros bench coach". October 14, 2014.
- "Ex-MLB manager Trey Hillman inaugurated as skipper for S. Korean club". Yonhap. 2016-11-11. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
- Joe Frisaro (December 9, 2019). "Hatcher joins Marlins as first-base coach". MLB.com. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
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