Brad Mills


Baseball writer Ken Rosenthal of says to look for the Houston Astros to replace Brad Mills as the teams manager after the season.

The Astros lost their ninth-consecutive game on Friday night, falling to the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-1, and dropping them to 32-52 on the season, which is currently the worst record in baseball.

In 2011, the Astros finished at 56-106, which was the worst record in the big leagues.

Mills is currently in his third season as manager of the Astros, with a 164-243 overall record.

Rosenthal points out the dismal record for the Astros under Mills, as well as the fact that present owner Jim Crane and general manger Jeff Luhnow didn't hire him, plus the fact that Mills is in the last year of his contract as reasons he might be dismissed.

This would certainly come as no surprise to anyone. The Astros may be on their way to having the worst record in baseball for the second straight year, and Mills is a manager without a contract for 2013 (there is a team option).

Throw in the fact that the Astros will be shifting leagues, changing uniforms, and looking for a fresh start, and I'll be shocked if Mills writes out the line-up card on opening day next year.

Unfortunately, we may never know how good of a manager Mills is/would be.

Mills really was in a no-win situation with the Astros, taking over a team that had almost zero in its minor league system, and only slightly more at the parent level.

Look, it's just business, and part of the game. The Astros will make a change, move on, and hopefully be successful. And Mills will find another job, outside of managing, and be an asset to another organization.

I'm not saying I wouldn't make a change myself, because I probably would have to. All I'm saying is that I don't think there's a manager walking the planet that could have won more games than Brad Mills with the Astros' roster over the past couple of seasons.