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Brad Mills truly prepared for Astros' job

After 22 years behind the scenes, former Red Sox bench coach finally gets his chance

Originally Published: February 11, 2010
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Brad Mills found his little niche in baseball history on April 27, 1983, when he became Houston pitcher Nolan Ryan's 3,509th strikeout victim. The encounter pushed Ryan past Walter Johnson into first place on the game's career strikeout list.

To this day, the competitor in Mills insists that the curveball that froze him for strike three was outside. Thankfully, he's not the type to engage in what-ifs.

"He was going to get somebody," Mills said of Ryan. "I just happened to be ...

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