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Brad Mills remains Astros manager despite ownership and front office shakeup

Dec 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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When the Astros fired general manager Ed Wade there was speculation this his replacement might let manager Brad Mills go and bring in his own guy, but new GM Jeff Luhnow made it clear that won’t happen.

“Brad’s our manager,” Luhnow told Brian McTaggart of “I had a good conversation with him, and I’m looking forward to working with him as our manager.”

Mills has a 132-192 record in two seasons in Houston, losing 86 games in 2010 and an MLB-high 106 games in 2011, but new owner Jim Crane described him as “a good developer of talent and that’s what we need.”

Lack of talent has certainly been a much bigger issue than Mills and with the Astros set for another ugly season in 2012 it makes sense for Luhnow to get settled in the job and reevaluate things next winter.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    This is a rare opportunity when a field manager doesn’t get canned when the front office goes through such an overhaul, but Brad deserves this job. Kudos!

  2. stex52 - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    You certainly talk to people around Houston who think it should have been a complete housekeeping. But I don’t think that anyone has an idea how he will really turn out, given the state of the major league team for the past two years. So I think that he deserves a chance. He has shown an admirable ability to keep his cool and be positive. And that’s better than I have been able to do!

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