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Trey Hillman's money isn't near his mouth

Apr 8, 2010, 12:48 AM EDT

Here’s Royals manager Trey Hillman on Mitch Maier, as quoted in the Kansas City Star on March 30.
“Full package. Honestly, no reservation saying this: I know I’ve never seen this much development at this level in one year for a position player.”
And here’s Mitch Maier’s batting line two games into the 2010 season:
.000/.000/.000 in 0 AB.
Yeah, it’s just two games. But it could well be a third on Thursday since Maier is a left-handed hitter and the Tigers are starting Dontrelle Willis after going with consecutive righties to open the season.
(Although, maybe not. Maier has actually hit lefties considerably better than righties during his major league tenure.)
Now, I don’t think Maier is going to have much of a career in the majors. He’s 27, and he got his extended chance last year and hit .243/.333/.331 in 341 at-bats. I’m perfectly fine with the Royals not playing him.
But what on earth is Hillman spewing in Kansas City? If he thinks Maier’s remarkable .475/.530/.814 line this spring is a sign of genuine improvement, then it’s mind-boggingly stupid that he’s holding him out of action in favor of Jose Guillen, Scott Podsednik and Rick Ankiel.
That’s part of what I’ve found particularly disgusting about the Royals these last 10 years or so. Some teams gamble and lose big. The Royals, though, go for the safe choice (cough*Jason Kendall*cough) and just keep losing big anyway.

  1. Stone - Apr 8, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Ok, so we rip on folks when they start asking David Ortiz (a fat, past his prime old man that can’t hit anymore) why he hasn’t done anything yet this year but when a green behind the ears kid doesn’t get a hit for two games we ask why? Make up your minds.

  2. Stone - Apr 8, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    Ok, I’m the dick that missed the “0 ABs” portion of that post. Gotcha, we’re on the same page now.

  3. Ron - Apr 8, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    Don’t forget. This is the last year of Hillman’s contract.
    So we’re looking at a minimum of another 3-year deal, because that’s part of “the process”.

  4. Wornsilver - Apr 8, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Green behind the ears?
    It’s mixing time?

  5. Joey B - Apr 8, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    Maybe he just means that he’s a seen a lot of development from him over the off-season. There’s been plenty of guys that have gotten off to a slow start in their career.

  6. ecp - Apr 8, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Maier hits lefties better than righties and always has, even in the minors; so who the heck knows? He may play today.

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