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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.

Brad Mills
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Mills with the Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians – No. 00
Infielder / Manager / Bench coach
Born: (1957-01-19) January 19, 1957 (age 62)
Exeter, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 8, 1980, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1983, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Batting average.256
Home runs1
Runs batted in12
Games managed445
Win–loss record171–274
Winning %.384
Teams
As player

As coach

As manager

Early lifeEdit

Mills was educated at Exeter High School in California, College of the Sequoias, and the University of Arizona, where he was drafted in the 17th round by the Montreal Expos.[1]

Baseball careerEdit

Playing careerEdit

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.

Post-playing careerEdit

Mills managed eleven seasons in the minors in the Cubs, Rockies and Dodgers organizations (1987–2002),[2] 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.[2]

Houston Astros ManagerEdit

On October 27, 2009, Mills was named manager of the Houston Astros, replacing interim manager Dave Clark.[2]

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.[3] He was succeeded on an interim basis by Oklahoma City RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco.[4] The team would go on to finish the season with 100+ losses for the second consecutive year.

Cleveland IndiansEdit

On October 31, 2012, Mills was hired as the third base coach of the Cleveland Indians, to work with Francona again. Mills was reassigned as the Indians bench coach in 2014. While coaching for the Boston Red Sox under Terry Francona from 2004 to 2009 he was in the same position.[5] On July 11, 2017, Mills managed the American League All-Star team while Indians manager Terry Francona dealt with a health issue.

Managerial recordEdit

As of October 2, 2014
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
Houston Astros 2010 2012 171 274 .384
Cleveland Indians** 2017 2017 1 4 .200
** Interim while Terry Francona is out with issue

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Newark Star Ledger section 5 pg 5, August 26, 2012".
  2. ^ a b c McTaggart, Brian (2009-10-27). "Mills named Astros manager". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-10-27.
  3. ^ Astros fire manager Brad Mills. ESPN.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  4. ^ Tony DeFrancesco in for Brad Mills. ESPN.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Bastian, Jordan (October 31, 2012). "Familiar faces among Francona's coaching staff". MLB.com. Retrieved November 3, 2012.

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Tony Franklin
Wytheville Cubs Manager
1987
Succeeded by
Steve Roadcap
Preceded by
Hal Dyer
Charleston Wheelers Manager
1988
Succeeded by
Greg Mahlberg
Preceded by
Jim Tracy
Peoria Chiefs Manager
1989
Succeeded by
Greg Mahlberg
Preceded by
Jay Loviglio
Winston-Salem Spirits Manager
1990–1991
Succeeded by
Bill Hayes
Preceded by
Mick Kelleher
Iowa Cubs Manager
1992
Succeeded by
Marv Foley
Preceded by
Charlie Manuel
Colorado Springs Sky Sox Manager
1993–1996
Succeeded by
Paul Zuvella
Preceded by
Dave Cash
Philadelphia Phillies First Base Coach
1997–2000
Succeeded by
Tony Scott
Preceded by
Rick Sofield
Las Vegas 51s Manager
2002
Succeeded by
John Shoemaker
Preceded by
Wendell Kim
Montreal Expos Bench Coach
2003
Succeeded by
Eddie Rodriguez
Preceded by
Jerry Narron
Boston Red Sox Bench Coach
2004–2009
Succeeded by
DeMarlo Hale
Preceded by
Steve Smith
Cleveland Indians Third base Coach
2013
Succeeded by
Mike Sarbaugh
Preceded by
Sandy Alomar Jr.
Cleveland Indians Bench Coach
2014–
Succeeded by