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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.”

Arnsberg not surprised by decision

Astros pitching coach Brad Arnsberg has been relieved of his duties, general manager Ed Wade announced Monday. He will be replaced on an interim basis by former Astros pitcher Doug Brocail.

The decision to let Arnsberg go was made as a result of philosophical differences, according to a release by the club.

When reached by MLB.com on Tuesday, Arnsberg echoed those sentiments.

“It was philosophical differences between a manager and a general manager and a pitching coach,” Arnsberg told MLB.com via phone. “I don’t want to get into the details. It’s just been kind of rearing its ugly head the last 2-3 weeks, and I guess they felt like they had to make a move for the betterment of the club and the staff. I take it like a man.”

Arnsberg said he wasn’t surprised.

“The last couple of weeks have really been a bear for me going to the ballpark,” he said. “I’m always a fun-loving, free-spirited guy and get along with pretty much everybody, and it just hasn’t been a whole lot of fun over the last two, three or four weeks. That’s not why I intended on staying in this game, and so as far as it being a surprise? I’d have to weigh on the side of no, not really.”

Arnsberg said he plans to return to his home in Arlington, Texas, within the 24 hours and looks forward to spending more time with his family. His oldest son, Kyle, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals last week, and his youngest son, Kaden, is on a summer baseball team.

“I know what I’m going to do when I get home, and that’s become a full-time husband again, which I’m really excited about,” Arnsberg said. “I’m going to be a full-time daddy to a  17-year-old son and get to watch him play a lot of summer league baseball. I’ll just go enjoy my family and become a dad and a husband.”

Arnsberg said he has had an outpouring of support from his players. He talked with Brett Myers on the phone for 15 minutes Tuesday and asked him to talk to some of the players he never got a chance to talk to personally. He said he got a nice text from reliever Brandon Lyon.

“I leave with my head held very, very high,” he said. “I know there’s a majority of the players, and I would say 100 percent of the pitchers, hopefully, that have had a good experience with me as I did them, and I would think they would always have my back no matter what the sitaution.

“The only thing I take credit for is trying to build a family. I know the guys on the pitching staff will have each other’s back.”

Arnsberg had served as the Astros pitching coach since being hired on Oct. 30, 2009 and has been lauded for his work with the pitchers and in the video room. The Astros are second-to-last in the in the NL with a 4.69 ERA.

Brocail, 44, pitched for 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, including four with the Astros. Since retiring after the 2009 season, Brocail has assisted with the evaluation of Major League and Minor League players in the Astros system and has handled some Major League scouting assignments.

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