Two snake-bit franchises bit again

June, 25, 2010
6/25/10
2:22
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Well, let's just hope this was all some terrible misunderstanding:

News that his son, Cleveland Indians prospect Beau Mills, had been charged with felonious assault in Akron, Ohio, blindsided Astros manager Brad Mills on Thursday.

A surprised Mills said he learned of the development through an Astros spokeswoman before the start of his team’s 7-5 win over the San Francisco Giants.

“I did not know anything about it, to be honest with you,” Mills said after the game. “I’d be remiss if I were to make any other comment because I don’t know anything. I really don’t.”

Mills planned to reach his son via phone immediately afterward.

The Akron Beacon Journal’s online edition reported Beau Mills, 23, was one of three Indians minor leaguers charged in connection with a nightclub altercation earlier this month that left a man with a punctured lung and a fractured rib.

The bad news is that this is more bad news for the Indians.

The good news is that Mills isn't much of a "prospect" anymore. The 13th pick in the Rule 4 draft just three years ago, Mills played well in Class A in 2008, but since then he's struggled in Double-A and was a long shot to reach the majors someday even before these contretemps.

Hey, at least Carlos Santana's hitting.

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