Is Trey Hillman Leaving The Yankees Again?
By Billy Brost
The Yankees have made plenty of headlines over the past few days with their coaching staff. General Manager Brian Cashman was given yet another contract, despite being at the controls of a roster that is severally flawed. Manager Joe Girardi, who just completed the second year of a new three-year deal, remains firmly entrenched as the team’s skipper, but his coaching staff hasn’t been nearly as lucky. Hitting coach Kevin Long, and first base coach Mick Kelleher were unceremoniously shown the door late last week, the sacrificial lambs in a chess game that has much bigger issues than two coaches.
With the coaching staff shakeup already in motion, George A. King III of the NY Post is reporting that longtime Yankees’ coach, scout, and minor league player development specialist, Trey Hillman, may be leaving the organization to join newly-hired A.J. Hinch as his bench coach with the Houston Astros. Hinch is the former manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and served earlier this season, as one of the three-headed GM monster running the San Diego Padres after Josh Byrnes was let go. Once A.J. Preller was hired, Hinch resigned his position and left the Padres.
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Hillman has served in multiple capacities over the years with multiple organizations. He is currently a special assistant to for both major and minor league operations for the Yankees, and has scouted at different points over his career. Hillman, 51, has also served as the former manager of the Kansas City Royals, and as Don Mattingly‘s bench coach with the Dodgers. Considered an organizational man, if Hillman waits and weighs his options, he could find himself as Joe Girardi’s right-hand man as the new Yankees’ bench coach or infield coach this coming season.