Hillman’s Jersey Retired

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The No. 1 jersey worn by Trey Hillman from 1982–85 is off the market for future UT Arlington baseball players. The Mavericks retired the number of the former Kansas City Royals manager in May. Hillman, the only three-time first-team All-Southland Conference selection in school history, joins longtime UT Arlington head coach Butch McBroom (No. 30) and the late former player and head coach Clay Gould (No. 8) as the only Mavericks to have their baseball jerseys retired.

Hillman’s .442 batting average in 1985 led the Southland Conference and remains the school’s single-season record. In 1992 he became the first baseball player inducted into the UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor.

After more than a decade coaching in the minor leagues, he spent five seasons in Japan’s professional baseball league managing the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. He led the perennial also-rans to the Japan Series and Asia Cup titles in 2006. In October 2007 Hillman (’91) became the 15th manager of the Kansas City Royals and guided the team until May 2010.

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