Mills getting long in tooth among NL Central managers
Brad Mills and Terry Francona, former college roommates who worked together for years with the Phillies and the Red Sox, could soon be battling each other 18 times a season in the National League Central.
News reports say Francona is set to interview for the Cardinals’ vacant managerial position after he was let go by the Red Sox earlier this year. This comes after Ryne Sandberg was given permission to interview in St. Louis.
Meanwhile, the Cubs have fired Mike Quade and are going to interview Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, who interviewed in Houston before Mills go the job two years ago.
Believe it or not, Mills is now the second-longest current tenured manager in the NL Central behind Dusty Baker. Here’s a breakdown of the managerial status of the teams in the Central:
St. Louis Cardinals — Vacant following the retirement of Tony La Russa.
Chicago Cubs — Vacant following the dismissal of Mike Quade.
Pittsburgh Pirates — Clint Hurdle just completed his first season in Pittsburgh.
Milwaukee Brewers — Ron Roenicke led the Brewers to the division title in his first season in 2011.
Houston Astros — Brad Mills has completed two seasons on the job.
Cincinnati Reds — Dusty Baker took over following the 2007 season and replaced Pete Mackanin, who was hired on an interim basis.