KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Trey Hillman was hired Friday as manager of the Kansas City Royals, taking over a long-struggling team that hasn't been to the playoffs since winning the 1985 World Series.
Hillman is currently managing the Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japan World Series. He replaces Buddy Bell, who completed the season with Kansas City after saying in August he would step aside.
The 44-year-old Hillman, who has never played or managed in the majors, will be introduced at a news conference Monday.
``I am delighted to announce that we have hired Trey Hillman as our manager,'' Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement. ``He is an exceptional person with a great passion to lead. He is the perfect choice for our organization.''

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