A look at managerial candidates Tim Bogar and Brad Mills

The Astros will finish their first round of managerial interivews today at Minute Maid Park by visiting with Boston Red Sox coaches Tim Bogar and Brad Mills. Neither man has managed in the Major Leagues before, but both have had success managing in the Minors and both come highly recommended.

Astros general manager Ed Wade hasn’t yet said when the second round of interviews will take place or how candidates will be involved from the initial group of 10, but that will probably happen later this week when owner Drayton McLane returns to town.

Here’s a quick look at Bogar and Mills: 

     Tim Bogar
     Age: 45
     Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
     College: Eastern Illinois.
     Most recent job: Currently first -base coach for Boston Red Sox.
     Previous Major League managing experience: None.
     Major League managing record: None.
     Minor League managing experience: Spent four seasons as manager in the Minor Leagues with Cleveland (2006-07) and the Astros (2004-05) and went to the playoff in three of those seasons. Led Double-A Akron to the Eastern League title in ’06 and ’07 and was named the league’s Manager of the Year in ’06. He was named Manger of the Year in the Appalachian League in 2004 in his first year of managing at Class A Greeneville. The next year, he led Class A Lexington to an 81-58 record, the best record in the South Atlantic League.
     Minor League managing record: 289-200.
     Playing experience: An infielder who spent nine years in the Major Leagues with the New York Mets, the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, Bogar hit .228 with 24 homers and 161 RBIs in 701 career games. He started a career-high 82 games at shortstop for the Astros in 2000 whiles sharing time with Julio Lugo.   
    Did you know: Bogar played all nine positions in an exhibition game for the Mets against Triple-A Norfolk in 1996?
     What GM Ed Wade said: “When this process started, a lot of people spoke very favorable of Tim. I don’t know him, but certainly there are multiple people, including people on our interview committee and [president of baseball operations] Tal [Smith] and others, that felt Bogar fit the profile extremely well. Despite the fact he hasn’t managed in the big leagues, they felt the experience they had with him and dealing with players [was positive].”

     Brad Mills
     Age: 52
     Hometown:  Exeter, Calif.
     College: College of the Sequoias/University of Arizona.
     Most recent job: Currently bench coach for the Boston Red Sox.
     Previous Major League managing experience: None.
     Major League managing record: None.
     Minor League managing experience: Mills managed 11 seasons in the Minor Leagues in the Cubs (1987-92), Rockies (1993-96) and Dodgers (2002) organizations, moving into managing immediately upon the completion of his playing career. He led the Rockies’ Triple-A club in Colorado Springs to the playoffs in 1994 and Pacific Coast League title in 1995. He last managed in 2002, when he guided the Dodgers’ Triple- A Las Vegas affiliate to a club-record 85 wins the PCL’s Southern Division championship.
     Minor League managing record: Unavailable.
     Playing experience: Appeared in 106 career games over four seasons, all with the Montreal Expos (1980-1983). He hit .256 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 168 at-bats.    
     Did you know: Mills was Nolan Ryan’s 3,509th career strikeout victim, lifting Ryan past Walter Johnson as baseball’s all-time strikeout king in 1983?
     What GM Ed Wade said: “I’ve always had great respect for Brad. [Boston manager] Terry Francona made a point of calling me when the search began and gave a strong endorsement for Millsy and he got a strong endorsement from [Boston general manager] Theo Epstein. Despite the fact he hasn’t managed the big-league level, everyone knows he’s got tremendous experience working as [Francona’s] right-hand guy in Philadelphia and Boston and managed in the Minor Leagues.”


1 Comment

Bogar went the the playoffs all 4 seasons he managed in the minors. With Greeneville, they won the appy league in 04. The Legends went to the playoffs but didn’t win the titles. Then the two titles in the Eastern league. So play offs all 4 years and championships 3 of those

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