Indians bench coach Brad Mills, Terry Francona’s right-hand man in the dugout since 2013 will not be there for the 2020 season as he has elected to sit out to be with his family.
Francona told reporters on Sunday that Mills and his family are still dealing with the loss of his grandson Beau, who drowned in February during spring training. Mills was with the team for the start of summer camp on Wednesday but left for his home in Texas on Saturday.
Francona said the coaching staff will work through Mills’ absence this season.
”No one person will replace what Millsie does. We know that and he knows that.”https://www.cleveland.com/tribe/2020/07/cleveland-indians-bench-coach-brad-mills-opts-out-of-season-returns-to-family.html
Mills is a baseball lifer who played alongside Francona in college at Arizona State and also in the major leagues when they both played for the Montreal Expos.
When Francona became a manager for the Philadephia Phillies in 1997, he tabbed Mills as his first base coach. In Boston from 2004 to 2009, Mills was the bench coach under Francona and the two helped lead the Red Sox to two World Series championships in 2004 and 2007.
Since 2013, Mills has once again been the bench coach under Francona. In 2017 while Francona dealt with issues pertaining to his heart, Mills stepped in as the interim manager going 1-4 in the five games Francona missed and he also represented the Indians as manager of the American League in the All-Star Game that year.