11/9 Mike Maddux to interview Wednesday
Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux is next on the list of prospective managerial candidates to be interviewed by the Cubs. Maddux, who declined the Red Sox’s request to talk to him about their opening, will meet with Theo Epstein, GM Jed Hoyer and others at Wrigley Field on Wednesday. Part of the process includes meeting with the media, which will give Maddux a chance to explain why he said yes to the Cubs.
Maddux, 50, will be the third to interview with the Cubs, following Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., who was to interview with the Red Sox on Wednesday, was expected to meet with the Cubs this week.
Maddux has most likely had a few conversations with his younger brother about the Cubs. Four-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux began his career with the team in 1986, left after the ’92 season to pitch in Atlanta, then returned in 2004 for 2 1/2 more seasons. Greg Maddux, 45, is still on the Cubs’ payroll as a special assistant and has yet to decide if he will return.
Mike Maddux told the Red Sox that family matters prevented him from considering them. It is a shorter flight from Dallas to Chicago than it is from Dallas to Boston. But perhaps the Cubs’ situation — looking for that first World Series since 1908, retooling under Epstein — was too intriguing to not explore.
Mike Maddux comes highly recommended, even without the link to his brother. The Rangers’ earned run average has dropped in each of his three seasons as pitching coach, and this season, Texas ranked fifth in the American League in ERA (3.79), fourth in strikeouts (1,179), and second in batting average against (.244). Rangers pitchers gave up the third fewest in walks (461) and second fewest hits (1,327) in the AL.
Maddux pitched 15 seasons in the big leagues, beginning in 1986 with the Phillies. He also spent time with the Dodgers, Padres, Mets, Pirates, Red Sox, Mariners, Expos and Astros.
– Carrie Muskat