Found June 26, 2012 on Fox Sports Houston:
PLAYERS: Drayton Mclane
TEAMS: Houston Astros
The Astros are on pace to win approximately 66 games, which would be a slight improvement over the 56 wins of a year ago. Given the way the management has turned the team over almost completely to young, unproven players, things could be worse. What does all that mean to the status of Manager Brad Mills who is unsigned for next season? Nothing. It's presumed that Mills is not being judged by the number of wins and losses but by his approach and his willingness to adapt to General Manager Jeff Luhnow's thought processes. In short, is he a Luhnow guy? Luhnow said prior to Tuesday night's game against the Padres at Minute Maid that the decision on the manager will not be addressed until after the season. "Still going through the cycle for the first time," said Luhnow."(Owner) Jim Crane, (CEO) George Postolos and myself are going to take our time, get to the end of the year and then reflect on what happened. I'd say right now there is no plan to address any staffing moves until the end of the season." It would be easy to presume that if the Astros are not willing to give Mills an extension during the season, barring a tremendous second half, not much will convince them to do so after the season. But that's a huge leap. For his part, Mills would rather not discuss the topic: "When I took this job three years ago, my focus was on this team, these players and this organization. I remain true to that today. Any focus off of that doesn't accomplish anything. We're trying to win games, trying to get this organization better and we're trying to get these players better." "Any thought to anything else would take the focus off of that." Whether one believes that Mills is a good manager or not is almost irrelevant. It's about whether Crane, Luhnow and Postolos believe he's their guy going forward. People who are good at their job get replaced all the time. Mills was in a difficult situation from the outset. When he was hired, owner Drayton McLane still had visions of fielding a contender, which was delusional. The new ownership then brought a switch in philosophy, with emphasis on a youth movement. Except that the Astros really did not have sufficient young talent to fill all the holes. Thus, a 106-loss season. The bottom line is that no one can determine how good Mills would be with a legitimate roster because he hasn't had one. Mills has handled it all with class and professionalism. He is a steady, calm presence and appears to be a good communicator with his players. He handles media questions with patience and understands it's part of the job. One can nit-pick about bullpen rotations and other minor day-to-day decisions but it's not like he's costing this team a shot at the post-season. Brad Mills is a good man. And a good baseball man. It would be nice to see exactly how he would handle a roster expected to win. Perhaps he even deserves that opportunity, given the circumstances he's endured for three years. But then again, good people get replaced all the time.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Astros six man rotation won't last long

The Astros have solved the question regarding members of their five man starting rotation by extending it to a six man rotationat least for awhile. Rookie Dallas Keuchel has earned a right to continue plying his trade on the major league level while Bud Norris is now healed from a knee strain and is ready to reclaim his job. A six man rotation is not unknown, but rarely lasts very...

Astros relaxed after signing 10 of 11 picks

HOUSTON The assembled media failed miserably at its appointed task. Florida shortstop Nolan Fontana will be the last of the Astros' 2012 first-year player draft picks introduced to local media, and considering that just three weeks have elapsed since the Astros selected Carlos Correa first overall, the expedited manner in which general manager Jeff Luhnow signed 10 of the club...

Astros' faith in fourth-rounder Ruiz rewarded

HOUSTON -- This was a coordinated effort that, given their blend of decision makers old and new, validated the Astros' sense of accomplishment. As fourth-round pick Rio Ruiz took his hacks during batting practice Monday at Minute Maid Park, buoyed by his beaming family and shrewd advisor Scott Boras, Astros brass passed around the baton of praise. Landing a first-round talent...

Memo to Chris Antonetti: Go Get Carlos Lee

I called for Carlos Lee all winter long. The answer to the left field problem just spent the last two days raking Tribe pitching.  This was a guy in the last year of a bad contract, with a proven track record, who hits right-handed with power, and can play outfield or first base. The Astros reportedly wanted to all but give him away, but decided on keeping him to play first base...

Martinez and Lowrie lead Astros over Padres

HOUSTON (AP) -- J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer, Jed Lowrie added a solo shot and the Houston Astros held on for a 5-3 win over San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. Houston starter Jordan Lyles (2-4) allowed six hits and a run in 6 1-3 innings to break a three-game losing streak and earn his first victory since June 3. The game was tied at 1 after Will Venable and Lowrie exchanged...

Harrell 6-hits Padres for Astros' shutout win

HOUSTON (AP) -- Lucas Harrell pitched his first complete game and left fielder J.D. Martinez threw out a runner at the plate in the ninth inning to preserve the Houston Astros' 1-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. Matt Downs homered and Harrell finished a six-hitter by striking out Nick Hundley with the bases loaded. The drive by Downs was one of only two...

Astros 5, Padres 3

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer, Jed Lowrie added a solo shot and the Houston Astros held on for a 5-3 win over San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. Houston starter Jordan Lyles (2-4) allowed six hits and a run in 6 1-3 innings to break a three-game losing streak and earn his first victory since June 3. The game was tied at 1 after Will Venable and Lowrie exchanged solo homers...

FanGraphs Prospect Stock Watch – 06/26/2012

Delino DeShields Jr., 2B, Houston Astros Current Level: A 2012 Top 15 Prospects Ranking: 8th Current Value: Increasing When it comes to prospects and stolen bases, Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton gets all the love. However, former first rounder DeShields has been quietly having a nice year in low-A ball. The 19-year-old second baseman is repeating the level (130 wRC+) after struggling...

Astros 1, Padres 0

Lucas Harrell pitched his first complete game and left fielder J.D. Martinez threw out a runner at the plate in the ninth inning to preserve the Houston Astros' 1-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. Matt Downs homered and Harrell finished a six-hitter by striking out Nick Hundley with the bases loaded. The drive by Downs was one of only two hits by the Astros...

Young fan at Padres-Astros game throws baseball back onto field (Video)

We've had an epidemic recently in the major leagues of young fans being given baseballs only to throw them back onto the field, and it happened again Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park as the Houston Astros hosted the San Diego Padres. Your browser does not support iframes. In the top of the second inning, Padres batter Yonder Alonso hit the foul ball into the stands on...

Astros come up short in 10th against Padres

HOUSTON (AP) -- Carlos Quentin hit an RBI double in the 10th inning to lift the San Diego Padres to an 8-7 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night. Chase Headley walked with one out and stole second before Quentin drove him in with a drive to right-center against Brandon Lyon (0-2). San Diego grabbed a 7-6 lead on Jesus Guzman's two-run homer in the eighth inning but Jason...
Astros News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.