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Brad Mills opts out of 2020 season to return to family

The Indians bench coach will head home to stay with his family in Texas

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians bench coach Brad Mills has opted out of the 2020 season according to manager Terry Francona.

Not only is Mills, 63, considered high-risk to have his life jeopardized by COVID-19, he is also months away from the tragic loss of a family member. Mills’ 18-month-old grandson drowned in a pool accident in February.

Francona knew it was “agonizing” for Mills to leave his family to join the Indians at camp, and he knows its agonizing to leave the team now. But it’s the right decision for him.

Mills and Francona have been a staple together dating back to their college days playing together at Arizona University through two stints as manager and bench coach together with the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. They are now entering their sixth year together in Cleveland.