Royals roundup: Trey Hillman turns in his letter jacket

The firing of Royals manager Trey Hillman lost all drama the moment his replacement, Ned Yost, showed up in the dugout with a piece of chaw pressed against his cheek.

Yost slid easily into the role. So easily, you think, “Why all the fuss?”

The job, really, is not all that complicated. You fill out a lineup card. You change pitchers. You talk to the media.

Sure, the whole “leader of men” thing has nuances. Hillman did not succeed, one line of thinking goes, because he lacked the credibility that only a major-league playing or coaching career could have provided. But in the end, managing a major-league baseball team with a reasonable degree of competence is something hundreds of people can do.

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