Trey Hillman has been coaching baseball since 1990 during that time he has traveled the world teaching the national pastime. His most recent stop found him in Houston as the Astros bench coach for the past two seasons under A.J. Hinch. But no more.
Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News is reporting that Hillman will be joining the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization.
The Astros released a statement:
"Trey Hillman has accepted an the managerial position of the SK Wyverns baseball club of the South Korean Professional Baseball League (KBO). We Thank Trey for his contributions to the Astros success over the past two seasons and wish him the very best.”
Hillman agreed to a two-year deal worth $1.6 million — a $600,000 in annual salary and a $400,000 signing bonus. The former Astros bench coach has already found success in Asia in his coaching career. He was the manager of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters from 2003-2007, including winning Japan Series title in 2006.
The Astros already announced they would retain the entire 2016 coaching staff shortly after the season, thus leaving only the newly vacated bench coach position to fill.