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American manager for S. Korean baseball club to leave over family reasons

All Headlines 15:35 October 13, 2018

INCHEON, Oct. 13 (Yonhap) -- Trey Hillman, the American manager for the South Korean baseball club SK Wyverns, announced Saturday he will not return to the team next year, citing family reasons.

Before his club's final regular season game in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), Hillman said his family in Texas comes before the Wyverns.

Hillman, 55, said he wanted to take better care of his ailing stepmother, who's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and also his 84-year-old father.

Hillman will leave after guiding the Wyverns to the postseason in both of his two seasons. In 2017, the Wyverns went 75-68-1 (wins-losses-ties) to finish fifth in the regular season and make it to the wild card game, where they lost to the NC Dinos.

With one game to go this year, the Wyverns have already clinched second place at 78-64-1. They will advance directly to the second round of the playoffs.

Hillman signed a two-year deal with the Wyverns before the 2017 season. He is the second U.S.-born skipper in the KBO after Jerry Royster, who managed the Lotte Giants from 2008 to 2010.

Hillman previously managed the Kansas City Royals and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan.

In this file photo from March 14, 2018, Trey Hillman, manager of the SK Wyverns in the Korea Baseball Organization, watches his team's preseason game against the NC Dinos at Masan Stadium in Changwon, 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul. Hillman announced on Oct. 13 that he will not be returning as the Wyverns' manager next year, citing family reasons. (Yonhap)

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