Apr 19, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Houston Astros manager Brad Mills before game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE
The Houston Astros announced Saturday night that manager Brad Mills has been fired, along with two other coaches.
The Houston Astros have fired manager Brad Mills, as well as first base coach Bobby Meacham and hitting coach Mike Barnett, the team announced on Saturday night following a 12-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
From Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Mills had this to say following his firing.
"I tried to do the best job I could."
"I appreciate our fans, I appreciate the players and I wish the best for this organization."
The Astros currently have the worst record in baseball at 39-82, a year after earning the same honor in 2011 (56-106). Mills was hired prior to the 2010 season and now joins Jimy Williams, Phil Garner and Cecil Cooper as the past four managers for the Astros all being fired mid-season.
Under new owner Jim Crane and new GM Jeff Luhnow, the Astros had been moving forward under a massive rebuild that included trading multiple assets prior to the trade deadline. The Astros are just 7-35 in the months of July and August, including hitting just .111 in the month of July.
The Astros have fought to be relatively decent at home (27-33), but have been dismal on the road, winning just 12 games away from home so far this season.
No announcement on who replaces Mills has been made.