Trey Hillman’s awfulness returns to stage with pitcher’s retirement

Right-handed pitcher Gil Meche‘s decision to retire — and leave an astonishing sum of money in the Royals’ treasury — cannot be discussed without mention of former manager Trey Hillman.

Meche, of course, was never the same after Hillman allowed him to run up shoulder-shredding pitch counts in consecutive starts in the middle of the meaningless 2009 season. Royals Authority blogger Craig Brown put Hillman’s face on a wanted poster (“crimes against pitching”) in the wake of the news that Meche was stepping away from the game, his baseball-throwing parts useless after 10 big-league seasons.

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