The Houston Astros continued revamping their franchise under new owner Jim Crane by firing manager Brad Mills, along with first base coach Bobby Meacham and hitting coach Mike Barnett. Houston has far and away been the worst team in baseball this year, with a pathetic 39-82 record that is nine games worse than the Cubs for baseball's worst record.
Crane's revamp of the organization began in the offseason, when he brought in new team president George Postolos and GM Jeff Luhnow. The bloodletting has continued during the season with numerous trades, including those of Carlos Lee, Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers, Brandon Lyon, and JA Happ, among others.
The firing of Mills was expected for awhile, but many expected that it would come at the end of the season as opposed to in the middle of August. But with the team mired in a horrendous 6-29 skid, a change was inevitable.