Mills reacts to Astros decision to relieve him of duties
Astros manager Brad Mills, who was informed by general manager Jeff Luhnow following Saturday’s game against the D-backs that he had lost his job, told MLB.com he wasn’t completely surprised by the decision. The Astros are 39-82 and headed to their second consecutive 100-loss season.
Hitting coach Mike Barnett and first-base coach Bobby Meacham were also relieved of their duties.
“You know when you’re having a rough season and everybody always brings it up, nobody lets you forget it,” Mills said. “The only thing I really have to say is I feel horrendous for Mike Barnett and Bobby Meacham. They’re a couple of coaches that have done a great job, they know what they’re doing, they’ve worked hard and prepared the players and done everything they could. I just feel terrible for them and feel some responsibility there.
“I love the players, I love the effort they gave every day. They’ve been great to me and how they’ve gone about everything and I love our fans. The fans we have here in Houston are the best and they’ve been great to me as well and I appreciate them an awful lot and I wish the best for the players and the fans as we move forward.”
Mills was asked if he felt he had a fair chance to show what he can do as a manager considering all the veteran players the club traded the last three seasons — a list that includes Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, Carlos Lee, Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence, Brett Myers and Wandy Rodriguez.
“Every day we tried to get the players the best they possibly could, and that was the goal every time out,” he said. “We wanted to get them better, we wanted them to play well. Sometimes it just didn’t work out and if I’m going to sit here and point fingers, that’s not right. There’s some responsibility on my part as well.”
Mills thoughts were immediately about spending time with his family, including his son, Beau, who’s in the Reds system.
“We’re going to move forward with some things and see what happens,” he said. “The biggest thing is I’d like to go see my son play. For years, I’ve never really gotten an opportunity to watch him play and I want to see my daughter in law and see my granddaughter and watch him play a little bit and go from there.”