Day 3: Mills will handle each player different
Sorry for the delay in the Day 3 recap. I spent Monday afternoon in a Kissimmee doctor’s office getting some medications for the sinus infection that socked me not long after I arrived in town. I will miss the workout Tuesday, but will be back in action for first full squad on Wednesday.
Astros manager Brad Mills is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, but don’t be fooled. He fashions himself as a disciplinarian and won’t put up with not running out ground balls or players losing their focus in the field. That could be bad news for a few of our local nine.
Anyway, Mills was asked following Monday’s workout on how he would handle players who commit blunders. Not errors in the field, but mental errors like throwing to the wrong base, missing the cut-off man or running on a pop-up when there’s one out instead of two.
Will he confront players in the dugout? Will be wait until they get to the clubhouse or to the ballpark the next day?
“I think it’s a feel thing,” he said. “Sometimes you can handle it right away, sometimes you’re going to have to handle it the next day, sometimes you can try to get the point across by playing around with him and bringing it up later in a more serious atmosphere.
“Some guys can handle it right away and some guys can’t. That’ why I’m thrilled to see 14 [position players] out here working. It gives us a chance to know them better in a more casual before everybody else is here is here.”
Astros general manager Ed Wade said Monday he expects the rest of the position players to be on the field Wednesday, including Carlos Lee. There were no travel problems or visa problems he was aware of. If you remember, Lee showed up late last year and said he got the dates mixed up.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s not Spring Training until Lance Berkman is here.