Struggling Royals fire Hillman

Updated: May 13, 2010, 9:58 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Even as the losses piled up, Trey Hillman never lost the respect of his players or the Kansas City Royals' management.

It was evident in the way the Royals allowed him to manage one last game, in the tears that filled general manager Dayton Moore's eyes as he spoke about the man he hired to rebuild a struggling franchise.

Those losses were just too hard to overlook.

The Royals needed a change and, tough as it was, Hillman had to take the fall.

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