Cleveland Indians: Who is 2017 MLB All-Star Game manager Brad Mills?

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 27: Brad Mills
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 27: Brad Mills /

Since Terry Francona under went a heart procedure Brad Mills has been acting manager of the Cleveland Indians and now is the American League All-Star manager. But who is Brad Mills?

Brad Mills was drafted in the 16th round of the 1977 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins.  However, he went back to the University of Arizona, then in 1979 was drafted in the 17th round by the Montreal Expos.

Mills made his MLB debut on June 8, 1980 against the St. Louis Cardinals. In his debut, Mills went 1-3. It wasn’t long after that when Mills called it quits when it came to playing. Mills stepped away from the game in 1983.

In 106 career major league games, Mills had 1 home run, 12 RBI’s, 43 hits and a career average of .256.

Mills wasn’t away from the game that long, though. In 1987 Mills begin a coaching career in the minors. He coached for 11 seasons, with the Cubs, Rockies and Dodgers organizations. Mills also served as an advanced scout for the Chicago Cubs.

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From 1997-2002 Mills served as a first base coach for the Philadelphia Phillies. The manager for the Phillies at the time was none other than Terry Francona.

Then in 2003 Mills moved on to be the bench coach for the same team that drafted him in 1979. The Montreal Expos.

Mills tenure in Montreal did not last very long. However in 2004 Mills once again teamed up with Tito in Boston. While in Boston Tito and Mills won 2 World Series. One in 2004, ending the Red Sox 86-year title drought. The second one came in 2009 when the Red Sox swept the Colorado Rockies.

As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” And that is exactly what happened.

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After the 2009 season Mills got his chance to shine. He took over as manager of the Houston Astros. The three years Mills managed the Astros, were the three worst years in franchise’s history.

In the 2010 season the Astros finished 4th in the NL Central with a 76-86 record. The following year, Houston lost 106 games–the organization’s first triple-digit loss season.

The following season, Mills managed 121 games, losing 82. He was fired Aug. 18.

Then in 2013 it happened once again. Terry Francona was hired as the manager of the Cleveland Indians. Tito brought Mills in to be the third base coach, and he then eventually moved to bench coach.

Mills is a baseball lifer. Not even being at the helm of a 106-loss season can keep him down.

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He das on a staff that went to the World Series and now he will be the fill-in-manager for his friend, Francona, in the 88th MLB All-Star game.