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The Trey Hillman Dictionary

If you don't ever watch the Royals, well, you're in a strong majority. However, by ignoring the baseball franchise in Kansas City -- the one team that might be able to pry the designated Bryce Harper draft pick away from the Nationals -- one misses out on one of the more colorful managers in baseball: Royals headman Trey Hillman.

Hillman, a Texan who speaks with as much panache as he uses to groom his facial hair, is in his second season leading the Royals. While the team's record has plummeted amidst injuries and that unique Kansas City late-June and July malaise known as Royals syndrome, Hillman continues to be a beacon of original evaluation, both in terms of his insight to players and the way he expresses said insight.

That's why this post, from the Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger, is so great. After listening to Hillman and trying to decipher the manager for nearly two years, Mellinger broke down and offered up a comprehensive "Hillman dictionary". We wholeheartedly encourage you to work your way through the entire list at the blog post linked above, but here are our favorite excerpts from "Trey Speak":

Froggy (adjective): feeling of uneasiness, like you need to make a change.
In a sentence: In that situation, I'm not going to get froggy and go to the bullpen too soon when Zack still has command of his fastball.

Boom (noun): Big home run power from a hitter.
In a sentence: Jake came through and went boom when we needed it there.

Thump (noun): Honestly, I'm not sure exactly what this is. I think it's a synonym to "slug."

Tilt (verb): Movement of breaking pitches, particularly sliders and curveballs.
In a sentence: Zack had really good tilt on his slider today, which is why he had so many strikeouts.

By Cameron Smith  |  August 31, 2009; 2:25 PM ET
Categories:  Royals  | Tags: Royals, Trey Hillman  
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