Trey Hillman is having a little get together/mini-camp at his Texas home next week:
Hey, y’all, come on down to Liberty Hill, Texas. Set a spell. Chew the fat. Snag some worm-killers. Whack the ol’ horsehide.
All you infielders, that is.
Yep, Royals manager Trey Hillman is having most of his infielders down to his south Texas spread early next week for a little get-together. Most of his coaches will be there, too.
Get some vittles cookin’, Marie, the boys are comin’ over.
“It’s totally a volunteer thing,” Hillman said. “I planned on the coaching staff getting together at my place anyhow in January. Even for the staff it’s not mandatory, but it gives us a chance to get ahead of the game for Spring Training. It kind of dominoed into a little mini-camp.”
Actually, Hillman’s spread is a modest six acres. Last year, Hillman got rid of his goat herd and used the back three acres to install a Major League-size infield covered with AstroTurf and a batting cage.
“That used to be the goat pasture,” Hillman said. “Now it’s a baseball pasture.”
I suppose it’s all in good fun — and hey, if adding barbeque and a few DVDs in the evening keeps this from being an illegal mini-camp of some sort, great — but can you imagine Billy Martin or Earl Weaver doing this kind of thing?