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Defending Brad Mills

Many people have been calling into the local radio stations wanting Mills to be fired. It's interesting that the manager gets far too much blame for what happens on the field that; in many cases, are out of his control. Mills is not the guy who can't field his position, throw effective pitches or isn't disciplined at the plate enough to not swing at pitches two feet out of the strike zone. But, he is responsible for putting those guys in the line up. Now, the problem is that Mills has been given a team full of the type of players just described. So who would be a better choice? Maxwell could play in right instead of Bogusevic...but he strikes out a lot on bad pitches. Maybe Maxwell in center in place of Schafer...oh...wow...same problem? Maybe Moore at first and Downs at third.....oh wow.....both guys struggle with plate discipline?? Maybe we'll bring Wright in to close......but he's got some control issues?? Maybe, maybe, maybe??? huummm...nope...things didn't get better. A change of manager next season will not be a surprise. But it won't be because Mills has done a bad job. We really don't know how good or bad Mills could be. We have asked him to perform the impossible. This is the proverbial trying to make chicken salad out of chicken "crap" and Mills wasn't even given mayonnaise. So next season when "whoever" is submitting the lineup card to the home plate ump full of guys leading the league in strikeouts and GIDP, and "whoever" is going to the mound to calm a young pitcher down after giving up 4 straight hits and 2 runs with no outs in the top of the first; remember you can only do so much coaching when the players talent level was maxed out at AAA. The real judge of a manager will be in 2014 or 2015 when the most talented players in the Astros organization are on the big club.

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