Trey Hillman given a vote of confidence for some reason

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Whenever you have a chance to give a vote of confidence to an unpopular
manager who has led the team to a 112-140 record amidst sloppy play, you have to do it. You just do:

The criticism isn’t likely to go away soon, but at least now Royals
manager Trey Hillman knows he won’t, either. The news came in a story
published in The Star on Sunday, with general manager Dayton Moore
saying that Hillman would “absolutely” be back as manager in 2010. “For
our general manager to say that,” Hillman said, “it certainly gives you
a boost of confidence, no doubt, and I’m appreciative of that.”

OK, that’s not fair. Hillman is no great shakes, but if you have to
point to a guy who has sunk this team — as opposed to say the Fates or
Karma or whatever — that guy is Dayton Moore. Which makes one wonder,
by the way, how much a vote of confidence from a GM who himself
deserves to be fired is really worth.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.