Dodgers: Former Bench Coach Trey Hillman First American Manager To Win Korean Series

Remember Trey Hillman? Hillman served as the Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach from 2011 to 2013, at the helm of three decent but unspectacular Dodgers teams. Then, after the 2013 season, Hillman was promptly relieved of his duties in Los Angeles.

Hillman managed the Kansas City Royals in the three years that preceded his time in Dodger blue. His lifetime record as a manager was 157-207, which may be in that territory that doesn’t get you another shot as the guy in the bigs.

However, Hillman has found immense recent success. Hillman closed a two-year managerial run in the Korea Baseball Organization with a championship. The SK Wyverns defeated the Doosan Bears 5-4 in 13 innings this past week. It was the club’s first title since 2011.

Now, Hillman is the first American manager to win the Korean Series in history.

Hillman – by all accounts a swell guy – sounded ecstatic following the title win.

“I’ve loved the experience,” Hillman told reporters. “It’s been a wonderful two years. “It’s more than words can describe. To sum up this experience, it’s been so much joy.

“With every job, you have some trying times, but I’ve had so much joy because of the men I get to be around every day.”

Following his exit from the Dodgers, Hillman worked for the New York Yankees and served as the Houston Astros’ bench coach under A.J. Hinch in 2014. He also was a finalist for the Texas Rangers managerial position in 2006, before the club decided to go with Ron Washington instead.

Neverthless, it will be interesting to see if this recent success springboards another opportunity for Hillman.

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