Mills a solid choice for Astros
Brad Mills may not have been the Astros’ first choice to be their next manager, but he may wind up being the right choice. Mills was named manager of the Astros on Tuesday and brings a wealth of experience and respect to the Houston franchise.
He’s managed for 11 years in the Minor Leagues and has coached in 45 playoff games in the Major League as the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox, winning a pair of World Series titles. He’s worked closely with Terry Francona, considered one of the best managers in the game.
Tim Bogar, who interviewed for the job and last season was Boston first-base coach, couldn’t say enough good things about Mills.
“He’s put in his time and diligence in being a bench coach for [Francona] for a long time and learned quite a bit from him and also his time with the Expos and all the way back to Philly,” Bogar said. “If there’s one guy who deserves a chance to run a team, it’s Brad Mills. Having a chance to run the Astros is going to be perfect for him. Not only is he a capable manager, but also one of the best teachers I’ve been around.
“With the [Astros'] situation on the left side of the infield and the catching situation [and playing youngsters], he’s going to be perfect for those young players. Being in Boston and being round veteran players, he knows how to handle them and knows how to do things to compete and he obviously understands the pitching aspect of it.
“I think they made a great hire, and Brad is going to be everything everyone is looking for as a manager. He may not be a huge name, but you can’t ask for a better quality individual.”
The challenge now for Mills is putting together his staff. Dave Clark will return as third-base coach and Sean Berry will be the hitting coach, but there are important positions to fill, particularly the bench coach and pitching coach.
The Astros finally got their man in Mills, but for Mills the work has yet to begin.