Brad Mills (manager)
Mills with the Cleveland Indians
|Cleveland Indians – No. 2|
|Manager / Bench coach|
January 19, 1957 |
|June 8, 1980, for the Montreal Expos|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 1983, for the Montreal Expos|
|Runs batted in||12|
James Bradley Mills (born January 19, 1957) is a former manager of the Houston Astros and a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player. He currently serves as a bench coach for the Cleveland Indians. He is the father of retired professional baseball player Beau Mills.
Mills reached the major leagues in 1980 and went on to post a .256 batting average with one home run and 12 RBI in 106 games played for the Expos (1980–83). He divided his time between Triple-A and the majors in each of those seasons, and sustained a right knee injury that ended his playing career at the age of 29. A full-time left-handed hitter and primarily a third baseman, he also saw time at first base and second. Mills became forever a part of major league history, when in 1983 he was Nolan Ryan's 3,509th career strikeout victim, lifting Ryan past Walter Johnson as the all-time strikeout leader.
Mills managed eleven seasons in the minors in the Cubs, Rockies and Dodgers organizations (1987–2002), and also served as an advance scout for the Cubs. Mills was Terry Francona's first-base coach with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997–2000. In 2003, Mills served as the Montreal Expos bench coach. From 2004 to 2009, Mills was teamed again with Francona when he served as the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox.
Houston Astros Manager
Mills holds the dubious distinction of guiding the Astros to the franchise's first ever 100-loss season, which he did in 2011, the trend continued the following season, as his Astros holding the worst record in the majors, Mills was fired on August 18, 2012 along with hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meacham. He was succeeded on an interim basis by Oklahoma City RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco. The team would go on to finish the season with 100+ losses for the second consecutive year.
- As of October 2, 2014
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- "The Newark Star Ledger section 5 pg 5, August 26, 2012".
- McTaggart, Brian (2009-10-27). "Mills named Astros manager". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-10-27.
- Astros fire manager Brad Mills. ESPN.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Tony DeFrancesco in for Brad Mills. ESPN.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Bastian, Jordan (October 31, 2012). "Familiar faces among Francona's coaching staff". MLB.com. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
- Brad Mills managerial career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com