Mills hits the ground running

Brad Mills, who was introduced as the Astros’ 18th manager on Tuesday, spent his first full day on the job with general manager Ed Wade at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday going over the composition of the coaching staff, among other things.

“We’re trying to accomplish as much as we can today and give him a chance to get back home and do what needs to do there,” Wade said.

The Astros have vacancies for a bench coach, pitching coach, first-base coach and bullpen coach, with hitting Sean Berry returning and Dave Clark returning to coach third base after serving as interim manager the final 13 games of the regular season.

Mills was scheduled to travel home to California on Wednesday before heading to the Arizona Fall League next week to meet up with Wade, Berry and Clark.

“He already knows Sean very well because they live close by in California, and he’s going to quickly find out the person he’s got in Dave Clark,” Wade said. “We’ve got some people we’re going to recommend to him [to join the coaching staff] and he’s got some ideas.

“The composition of the staff will be a collective effort, and I think at the end of the day we’re going to take advantage of the openings we have now to give him a strong staff, which would benefit him personally and benefit the players and the organization.”

Mills said filling out the remainder of the coaching staff is very important.

“The names Ed and I have thrown around already have me really excited,” he said. “These guys have had experience, not only in the Major Leagues, but in the Minor Leagues and whoever we wind up getting it’s going to be pretty exciting. I’m looking for a guy that’s had experience, passion for the game and a lot of energy, and hopefully the players can see that and he’s able to teach and has a lot of knowledge and knows how to convey that knowledge.”

Red Sox first-base coach Tim Bogar, who interviewed with the Astros for the managerial position, said Tuesday he hasn’t given much thought about joining Mills in Houston. Mills said after his news conference Tuesday that he had talked to Boston manager Terry Francona about some of his staff members.

“They’re such good guys and Terry has been very loyal to them and they have been very loyal to Terry over the years,” Mills said. “Tim was an outstanding coach this year for Terry. We’re not going to cross that road just yet.”

While the Astros were given a deadline to get a new manager in place by the start of the World Series, Wade said there is no such timetable for announcing members of the coaching staff.


Leo Mazzone for pitching coach, anyone?

Hey Tag, do you think Steve Sparks would consider being the pitching coach? Just judging by his experience and the pitching segments he does on Astros live, it seems as though he’d be a great coach.

Yeah Sparks for pitching coach and Kevin Eschenfelder can coach 3rd…

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