Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, who had been scheduled to interview with the Red Sox about their managerial vacancy on Tuesday, removed his name from consideration for the position, according to a statement from Red Sox GM Ben Cherington.Maddux explained in a statement
that he decided to turn down the opportunity to interview out of consideration for his family. His wife and two daughters are all living in Texas right now, the first time in three years that Maddux has been living in the same state as his family. He felt that the distance between Boston and Texas was too great for him to consider moving to Boston at this time.
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Maddux has not yet removed his name from consideration in the Cubs' search, though he plans to discuss the matter with his family on Monday night.
Maddux is considered one of the top pitching coaches in the game. The Rangers ranked fifth in the AL in ERA (3.79) this year, the team’s lowest mark since 1988. That follows a 2010 campaign in which Texas ranked third in the AL with a 3.93 ERA, and a 2009 campaign in which the Rangers had a 4.38 ERA in Maddux’ first year, a starting drop from the AL-worst 5.37 ERA that the Rangers had in 2008.
That, in turn, led the Sox to request permission to talk to him. Maddux told reporters, after that permission had been granted last week, that he was honored to be considered as a candidate with both the Sox and the Cubs (who were also granted permission to talk to him).
"I’m humbled to find how highly some other organizations feel about me,” Maddux (who was suffering laryngitis) wrote in comments relayed by the AP. “It’s come upon our family and me quickly. Just last week we were in the World Series and managing another club was not on the game plan.”
Maddux pitched for the Red Sox in 1995 and 1996, forging a 3.97 ERA in 59 games. He pitched in 472 career contests, going 39-37 with a 4.05 ERA in parts of 15 big league seasons.
While Maddux will not be interviewing with the Sox, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. will proceed with his scheduled interview with the Sox on Wednesday. Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum interviewed for the position last week.
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