Former Arizona Wildcat fired as Astros manager

Former Arizona Wildcat fired as Astros manager

CREATED Aug. 18, 2012

Reporter: Jason Barr, Sports Director

Houston, Texas (AP) The struggling Houston Astros fired manager Brad Mills and two members of his coaching staff Saturday night.

Mills was in his third season as manager of the Astros, who have the worst record in the major leagues at 39-82. The team announced the moves in an email almost two hours after Houston lost 12-4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The club also fired hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meacham. The Astros said first-year general manager Jeff Luhnow will name an interim manager and other staff members in a news conference Sunday morning.

Mills became the first big league manager to be fired this season. He was 76-86 in his first season with Houston and a franchise-worst 56-106 last year.

The Astros got off to a rough start again this season but really went into a tailspin during the summer after trading several high-priced veterans mostly for prospects. They have slashed almost $40 million from their opening-day roster and have a remaining payroll of just $21.3 million.

Mills played third base for the Arizona Wildcats from 1976-1979.