In a season where Astros fans just sit and wait for the next traumatic experience, the team will hold a presser tomorrow at 10am to announce the firing of Manager Brad Mills, first base coach, Bobby Meachum, and hitting coach, Mike Barnett.
The late-in-the-season timing may seem odd, but with the front office reorganizing the scouting department and casting some out this past week, perhaps it was just a foretaste of the destruction to come. Most surprising to me? The continued employment of third base coach, Dave Clark, whose head I’d like on a platter for ridiculous calls and direction and the continued employment of pitching coach, Doug Brocail, who was basically just filler after the firing of Brad Arnsberg last season.
Interestingly enough, a couple weeks ago twitter and bloggers were aflutter calling for Mills’ head on a platter, but moments after the story of his firing broke on twitter? Many are proclaiming that the poor man didn’t stand a chance with the roster of minor league misfits masquerading as major leaguers that he was handed to manage.
Meanwhile those in Boston who are begging for the return of Terry Francona to the Red Sox are wondering if Batman’s Robin, Mills, would return with him. If given a season group of truly major league players, a team would likely find Mills to be useful and productive.
It’s true that this is a team full of players who’d never likely get a major league call up if they were on another team, but there have been many occasions when the collective fan base asked, “What the hell?” as Mills made a particularly interesting or ridiculous call – having a player bunt in an odd situation, sitting an everyday player to give a wash up a few more at bats, etc.
No word yet on who will replace all three for the remainder of this record breaking losing season, but odds are we’ll see bench coach, Joe Pettini, take the reins for the remainder of the 2012 season. After all, there’s not much left to manage in Houston.
Terri Schlather (AGirlintheSouth) is the tortured Senior Houston Astros Writer for Aerys Sports. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her ridiculous ramblings on sports, vodka and the weeone on twitter @agirlinthesouth.