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.

Hunter Strickland fractured his hand punching a door after Monday’s poor performance

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Giants closer Hunter Strickland had an ugly top of the ninth inning Monday night against the Marlins. He allowed three runs, serving up a walk, a double, another walk, and two singles. The Marlins overcome a 4-2 deficit and went on to win 5-4.

Unhappy with his performance, Strickland punched a door and fractured his pitching hand. He will undergo surgery and will miss six to eight weeks, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

That’s a huge loss for the Giants, as Strickland has been terrific, Monday’s start notwithstanding. He carries a 2.84 ERA with 13 saves and a 29/13 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings. Manager Bruce Bochy said Tony Watson or Sam Dyson will fill in at closer while Strickland is out, per Pavlovic.

Bochy said that he is “disappointed” and “crushed” about Strickland’s injury, noting that the right-hander had grown a lot as a pitcher and as a person, Pavlovic adds.

Strickland has a problem with anger, it appears. He exacted revenge on Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper last year, throwing a 98 MPH fastball at him, then punched him in the head when the two brawled. Strickland wanted revenge because, in the 2014 playoffs, Harper stared at a home run he hit off of Strickland.