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Trey Hillman given a vote of confidence for some reason

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.