Brad Mills (manager)

James Bradley Mills (born January 19, 1957) is a former manager of the Houston Astros and a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player. He is the father of retired professional baseball player Beau Mills.

Brad Mills
Mills with the Cleveland Indians
Infielder / Manager / Bench coach
Born: (1957-01-19) January 19, 1957
Exeter, California
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 8, 1980, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1983, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Batting average.256
Home runs1
Runs batted in12
Games managed445
Win–loss record171–274
Winning %.384
As player

As coach

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Early life

Mills was educated at Exeter Union High School in California, College of the Sequoias, and the University of Arizona, where he was drafted in the 17th round by the Montreal Expos.[1]

Baseball career

Playing career

Mills reached the major leagues in 1980 and went on to post a .256 batting average with one home run and 12 RBI in 106 games played for the Expos (1980–83). He divided his time between Triple-A and the majors in each of those seasons, and sustained a right knee injury that ended his playing career at the age of 29. A full-time left-handed hitter and primarily a third baseman, he also saw time at first base and second. Mills became a part of major league trivia, when in 1983 he was Nolan Ryan's 3,509th career strikeout victim, lifting Ryan past Walter Johnson as the all-time strikeout leader.

Post-playing career

Mills managed eleven seasons in the minors in the Cubs, Rockies and Dodgers organizations (1987–2002),[2] and also served as an advance scout for the Cubs. Mills was Terry Francona's first-base coach with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997–2000. In 2003, Mills served as the Montreal Expos bench coach. From 2004 to 2009, Mills was teamed again with Francona when he served as the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox.[2]

Houston Astros Manager

On October 27, 2009, Mills was named manager of the Houston Astros, replacing interim manager Dave Clark.[2]

Mills holds the dubious distinction of guiding the Astros to the franchise's first ever 100-loss season, which he did in 2011, the trend continued the following season, as his Astros holding the worst record in the majors, Mills was fired on August 18, 2012 along with hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meacham.[3] He was succeeded on an interim basis by Oklahoma City RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco.[4] The team would go on to finish the season with 100+ losses for the second consecutive year.

Cleveland Indians

On October 31, 2012, Mills was hired as the third base coach of the Cleveland Indians, to work with Francona again. Mills was reassigned as the Indians bench coach in 2014. While coaching for the Boston Red Sox under Francona from 2004 to 2009 he was in the same position.[5] On July 11, 2017, Mills managed the American League All-Star team while Francona dealt with a health issue.[6]

On July 5, 2020, Mills announced he would be opting out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indians subsequently announced on October 30, 2020 that Mills will not return as bench coach for the 2021 season, but would remain with the club in an undetermined role.[7]

Managerial record

As of October 2, 2014.
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
Houston Astros 2010 2012 171274.384
Cleveland Indians** 2017 2017 14.200

Note: Interim while Terry Francona is out with issue


  1. "The Newark Star Ledger section 5 pg 5, August 26, 2012".
  2. McTaggart, Brian (October 27, 2009). "Mills named Astros manager". Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2009.
  3. "MLB-worst Astros fire manager Mills, 2 coaches". ESPN. August 19, 2012. Archived from the original on 2016-10-12. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  4. "Astros' DeFrancesco in for fired Mills on interim". ESPN. August 19, 2012. Archived from the original on 2017-08-03. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  5. Bastian, Jordan (October 31, 2012). "Familiar faces among Francona's coaching staff". Cleveland Indians. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  6. Kosileski, William (July 7, 2017). "Mills to manage AL in Francona's absence". Archived from the original on 2021-06-24. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  7. Bell, Mandy (October 30, 2020). "Mills won't return as Tribe's bench coach". Cleveland Indians. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
Managerial/Coaching Positions
Preceded by
Tony Franklin
Wytheville Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Steve Roadcap
Preceded by
Hal Dyer
Charleston Wheelers Manager
Succeeded by
Greg Mahlberg
Preceded by Peoria Chiefs Manager
Succeeded by
Greg Mahlberg
Preceded by
Jay Loviglio
Winston-Salem Spirits Manager
Succeeded by
Bill Hayes
Preceded by Iowa Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by Colorado Springs Sky Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Paul Zuvella
Preceded by
Dave Cash
Philadelphia Phillies First Base Coach
Succeeded by
Tony Scott
Preceded by
Rick Sofield
Las Vegas 51s Manager
Succeeded by
John Shoemaker
Preceded by
Wendell Kim
Montreal Expos Bench Coach
Succeeded by
Eddie Rodriguez
Preceded by Boston Red Sox Bench Coach
Succeeded by
DeMarlo Hale
Preceded by
Steve Smith
Cleveland Indians Third base Coach
Succeeded by
Mike Sarbaugh
Preceded by Cleveland Indians Bench Coach
Succeeded by
DeMarlo Hale
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