Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Maddux next up for Cubs on Wednesday
By Bruce Levine
Although Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux turned down an interview with the Boston Red Sox for their managerial job, he will drop in on Theo Epstein and Co. on Wednesday at Wrigley Field as he goes through a formal interview process.
The Rangers pitching staff has lowered its ERA in each of Mike Maddux's three seasons as pitching coach.
Maddux was scheduled to interview with the Red Sox on Tuesday but he released a statement Monday night, saying the distance between Dallas and Boston was a deal breaker for him and his family. Maddux has children entrenched in school in the Dallas area.
But Chicago is a different scenario in the mind of the Maddux family, considering travel between the two cities is more feasible.
Maddux, 50, has spent the past three seasons with the Rangers after helping improve the Brewers' pitching staff for six years. Texas' team ERA has been lowered in each of his three seasons in Arlington.
Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have an affinity for top-flight pitching coaches and what they mean for an organization. The Cubs and Red Sox wanted to interview Toronto manager -- and former Boston pitching coach -- John Farrell for their open managerial jobs. The Blue Jays turned down Boston's request for an interview because Farrell is under contract. The word was then put out to the rest of baseball that he would not be allowed to interview.
Along with the Cardinals' Dave Duncan and the Yankees' Larry Rothschild, Maddux is one of the highest-paid pitching coaches in baseball, according to major league sources.
If Maddux gets a managerial job, the speculation is that he would bring his brother Greg Maddux on to the coaching staff. Greg Maddux has been special assistant to former Cubs general manager Jim Hendry the past two seasons.
In a recent conversation with Epstein, Greg Maddux related that family needs might not allow him to continue in the same role he has had with the Cubs. Sources say that would also inhibit him from taking a coaching job that he would have him committed to the team for 200 days of the year.
Mike Maddux pitched for 15 years in professional baseball and parts of 10 seasons in the majors.
During his interview with the media on Monday, Sveum said no coach in baseball works harder at his trade than Maddux, who he coached with in Milwaukee from 2006-08. Maddux has no previous managerial experience.
According to sources, Sandy Alomar Jr., could be the next interview for the Cubs after Maddux. Alomar is scheduled to be interviewed by the Red Sox on Wednesday in Boston.
Information from ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes was used in this report.