The Houston Astros recently fired manager Brad Mills and two of his coaches. As one who follows the Astros, my conclusion is that managing was not the problem, it’s the players. They simply aren’t good enough and barely competitive. The front office has to cover its failures, so it fires the manager.
That’s standard operating procedue. Mills has one quality pitcher, Lucas Harrell. Wandy Rodriquez, recently traded to the Pirates, is fair to middling.
The bullpen is not very strong either, and in the last year or two, Houston has since traded Lance Berkman, Brett Myers, Roy Oswalt, Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, Carlos Lee, Chris Johnson etc., its better players. In my opinion, Mills is a good baseball man, saddled with a virtually impossible task!
Since interim manager Tony DeFrancesco took over, the Astros, with the worst record (40-89) in the majors are 1-7.
retired sports writer