October 27, 2009 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Colorado Springs Sky Sox
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Houston Astros announced today that Brad Mills will be their new manager replacing former skipper Cecil Cooper. Mills, who had most recently been the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox and former Sky Sox player Terry Francona (1988), managed the Sky Sox from 1993 to 1996. In his four seasons at the helm, Mills led the Sky Sox to a 271-293-1 record and two playoff appearances in 1994 and 1995. In '95, Mills led the Sox to their second Pacific Coast League title as they defeated the Salt Lake Buzz. Mills was elected to the Sky Sox Hall of Fame in 2002 and is just one of two managers to be given such a distinction joining the Philadelphia Phillies current manager Charlie Manuel who managed the Sky Sox from 1990 to 1992.
Mills played professionally for eight season, including four at the Major League level with the Montreal Expos (1980-83), and two years at Triple-A with the Denver Bears of the American Association in 1980 and 1981. Mills' name entered the record books on April 27th, 1983, when Nolan Ryan stuck out Mills for career strikeout 3,509, passing Walter Johnson for first place on baseball's all-time strikeout list.
After his tenure with the Sky Sox, Mills managed the Las Vegas 51s to a PCL Southern Division title in 2002 and served as bench coach of the Boston Red Sox during their two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.