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Quality of play now on par with majors

Updated: November 10, 2007, 11:06 AM ET
By Trey Hillman with Eric Neel | Special to ESPN.com

In 2003, after 12 years as a minor league manager in the Yankees organization, and a brief stint as director of player development for the Rangers, Texas native Trey Hillman packed his bags and went East, becoming the manager of Sapporo's Nippon Ham Fighters.

In 2006, Hillman's Fighters won a Japan Series title, defeating the Chunichi Dragons, four games to one.

We talked to Hillman about the secret to his Japanese success.

Here's what he had to say:

I knew ...

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