Hillman to manage SK Wyverns

Kyodo

The SK Wyverns, one of 10 Korea Baseball Organization franchises, signed a two-year contract with former Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Trey Hillman, Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday.

According to the report, the 53-year-old American becomes the first manager in the Korean professional baseball league with managerial experience in Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball.

Hillman served as manager of the Fighters from 2003 to 2007, leading the Pacific League club to its first Japan Series title in 44 years in 2006.

After leaving Japan, Hillman managed the Kansas City Royals for three seasons (2008-2010). He then had stints as a bench coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers and, most recently, for the Houston Astros for the past two seasons.