Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux drops out of Red Sox managerial search for ‘family reasons’
|11.07.11 at 5:14 pm ET|
Just days after he was granted permission to interview for the Red Sox’ managerial vacancy, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux removed his name from consideration for the position. According to a source familiar with the matter, the 50-year-old cited “family reasons” in telling the Sox that he would decline the opportunity to talk with the club on Tuesday.
According to another source, Maddux has two daughters currently attending college in Texas and he is building a house in the area. With those roots, the pitching coach apparently decided that it was not the right time to discuss the possibility of a move to Boston.
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.
UPDATE: Maddux issued the following statement through the Rangers:
“This afternoon I spoke with Ben Cherington and thanked him for the consideration to interview for the Boston Red Sox managerial post. It is humbling to know an organization with so much baseball history is interested in my services.
“I could give more reasons why an opportunity like this should be taken rather than not, but the reason for withdrawing my name from consideration comes down to a family decision. My wife and two daughters are together in the same state for the first time in three years and words cannot describe my happiness. The game of baseball has many sacrifices but being apart from family is the toughest. I feel there is too much distance between the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Boston to see my family as much as I’d enjoy.
“Again, I thank Ben Cherington and the Boston Red Sox for the flattery, honor, and compliment of considering me for their position.”
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.
“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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