The Houston Astros released manager Brad Mills, hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meacham late Saturday night.
The club will name an interim manager on Sunday.
"I just wish the best for the players, the organization. That's been my thing ever since I got here and if things don't work out for me, for me to change that is just wrong," Mills said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
"I feel this organization is going to be good in a very short period of time and I wish I would have had the opportunity to be here with it."
Mills may have lost his job, but his focus is elsewhere.
He has deep concerns for Barnett and Meacham, who also lost their jobs.
"I feel horrendous," Mills said. "Our coaches worked so hard and did everything that they possibly could to help these guys get better. I'm sick about it, because they're not only good people, they're outstanding baseball people and anytime you have guys on your staff that (lose their) jobs, I feel some responsibility there, and I take some responsibility for what we've gone through as well. I'm not going to sit here and push it off on anybody else."
And Mills is grateful for what his players have done for him and those who follow the Astros.
"My first thought is with the players and the fans," Mills said. "I love the fans and everything they've done for me and I love the players for how they played."
Barnett said it was great working with Mills.
"Millsie has been as big of a consumate professional that I've ever been around, especially in a situation like this," Barnett said.
"He's been dealt a tough hand, the last two years you look at the players we've traded away.
"He has always, with the coaching staff preached, we got to get these guys better."
However, Barnett is not surprised the organization is going in a different direction.
"When you get to the point in this season where we are going as bad as we are, you understand something's got to happen," Barnett said. "There's got to be change of some sort.
"We made some strides with a lot of guys, but it's not good enough right now.
"I think that this organization is on the right track. I will never do anything but cherish my days here in Houston. I mean (they have) a great fan base.
"They deserve more than we've given them."