Note: This article is for manager and infielder Brad Mills; for the pitcher who made his debut in 2009, click here.
James Bradley Mills
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lb.
- School College of the Sequoias, University of Arizona
- High School Exeter Union High School
- Debut June 8, 1980
- Final Game October 2, 1983
- Born January 19, 1957 in Exeter, CA USA
He suffered a knee injury that ended his playing career while in the minors in 1986. Since then, he has been a minor league manager, scout, and a big league coach with the Philadelphia Phillies (1997-2000), Montreal Expos (2003), and Boston Red Sox (2004-2004).
Mills is a longtime friend of former Red Sox manager Terry Francona. They were teammates and roommates at the University of Arizona and played together for the Expos from 1981 to 1983. They even appeared on a 1982 Topps baseball card together. He was a member of Francona's coaching staff on the Phillies and joined the Red Sox after Francona was hired as the team's skipper.
He was named manager of the Houston Astros for the 2010 season, at a time when the Astros were beginning to rebuild the team after many of the players who had constituted the core of the team for years, particularly Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, retired. The team remained competitive in his first season at the helm in 2010, finishing in 4th place in the NL Central at 76-86, but was in full rebuilding mode in 2011. That year, the team traded away outfielders Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence in mid-year and had the worst record in franchise history at 56-106. The team was sold to Jim Crane during the year and a new front office team led by GM Jeff Luhnow was put in place. The losing continued in 2012, even reaching new levels, for example when the team lost its first 11 extra-inning games of the season, set a team record with a 12-game losing streak in July, and went 2-25 from June 28th to July 28th. The Astros continued to trade away veterans during that period, and it was clear that the writing was on the wall for Mills. On August 18th, following another brutal loss, 12-4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Mills was fired along with hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meacham.
Mills coached for the US in the 2001 Baseball World Cup.
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- Damian Marquez: "Red Sox Bench Coach Spends Winter In Visalia: Two-Time World Series Champion Brad Mills Calls Visalia Home During The Offseason", in Visalia Delta-Times, January 10, 2009.