KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 13: Manager Trey Hillman #88 of the Kansas City Royals meets with umpires prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians on May 13, 2010 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Trey Hillman Fired By Royals, Ned Yost Will Take Over

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Trey Hillman Knew He Was Fired Before Thursday's Game

Not only did the Royals manage to snap a seven-game losing streak with a win on Thursday. They also did it with a lame duck manager.

Hillman learned of his dismissal prior to the game but didn’t inform his players or staff until afterward.

“Nobody knew,” he said, “except my wife.”

I'm not entirely sure why the Royals allowed Hillman to stick around for one last game, fully aware of his inevitable fate, but in my head, I like to think they were just giving him a chance to go out on a high note. Nobody wants to go out on a slump, and with Zack Greinke scheduled to take on a lousy Indians squad on Thursday, it looked like a good matchup. The pieces were in place.

That, of course, is giving the Royals the benefit of the doubt, and ignores any ulterior and/or incompetent motives. I don't know that they deserve that, but at least as far as Hillman's concerned, anything's better than going out on a 4-0 shutout loss to Fausto Carmona. Tonight, Trey Hillman gets to sleep the sleep of a winner.

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Trey Hillman Fired By Royals, Ned Yost Will Takeover

The Royals are just 12-23, and already 10.5 games out of first place in the AL Central. Looking for answers, the club fired Trey Hillman on Thursday, abruptly ending the manager's third year with the team.

Ned Yost, who served as the manager of the Brewers from 2003-08, will takeover in Kansas City.

Hillman ends his time in the Fountain City with a 152-207 record (.423 Win%), having never finished better than fourth place in the Central (in 2008, with a 75-87 mark). Still though, his firing today comes as somewhat of a surprise, only because GM Dayton Moore made a point on Monday to say that no changes were coming. So much for that.

According to Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan, the move is the result of decisions Moore made in just the past 24 hours. "It's a collection of things that occurred," Moore said.

Yost, who joined the Royals as a special advisor to the Royals after his time in Milwaukee, is a surprising choice, writes our Royals blog, Royals Review, considering he left the Brewers because he was fired.

Ned Yost... well, alright. Don't fully see the point. I'm not sure why Dayton would want to remind people of Milwaukee, since their turnaround under Melvin defies his argument that you need ten years to build a winner. Yost is the same guy those same Brewers fired in the last two weeks of a pennant race, which I guess gives him a good ice-breaker when he chats with Jose Guillen.

Expect more reaction and commentary over at Royals Review.

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