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COULD ONE OF THESE GUYS BE YOUR TEAM'S NEXT MANAGER?

Updated: June 19, 2008, 3:52 PM ET
By Eric Neel

The most intriguing baseball import from Japan in the past five years doesn't throw a gyroball or rip line drives into the ivy; he throws batting practice and swings a fungo. His Japanese is laced with a Texas twang, his defense steeped in drills learned in Hokkaido.

And while Royals skipper Trey Hillman will tell you he's no different than any other major league manager, don't believe him. As the first guy hired to lead a U.S. club on the strength of his record in Japan, Hillman ...

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