Sunday, August 19, 2012

Mills Put Out Of His Misery In Houston (UPDATED w/Replacement)


Brad Mills was in a bad situation when he took the gig as manager of the Houston Astros...

A bad team that no one knows anything about in a transition to the American League as part of their sale agreement with Major League Baseball. When the best thing going is Jose Altuve for your All-Star weekend, that is a bit of a problem...

After a 12-4 loss to the Arizona Dimaondbacks, the Astros (now 39-82 on the year) fired Mills and two coaches- hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meacham. Rookie GM Jeff Luhnow will name an interim manager and other replacements in a Sunday news conference.

Mills is the first manager to be fired this season. He was 76-86 in his first season with Houston and a franchise-worst 56-106 last year for a total of 171-284 in two-plus seasons in Houston.

Here's his last soundbites on the year...

NOON UPDATE: The Astros named Tony DeFrancesco skipper for remainder of season. He had been managing the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks.

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