Indians bench coach Brad Mills has decided to opt out of the 2020 season and return home, manager Terry Francona told reporters (including Mandy Bell of MLB.com). How Cleveland plans to replace Mills in the dugout and whether he will continue to work for the organization in some sort of remote capacity isn’t clear.
Mills, 63, has spent the better part of two decades coaching for Francona-led teams. He was the Phillies’ first base coach and Red Sox’s bench coach while Francona managed those respective clubs. He’s been on Cleveland’s staff the past seven years, the last six as bench coach. Mills also once took the helm in Houston, managing the Astros from 2010 through most of 2012. Those teams went just 171-274 under his watch, but it’s hard to separate Mills’ performance as manager from the subpar rosters he was working with.