11/16 Nolan Ryan on Mike Maddux

Mike Maddux has been a big reason for the Rangers’ success. Team president Nolan Ryan said Wednesday he hasn’t asked Maddux about whether he’s heard anything from the Cubs abot the managerial opening.

“I’ve seen Mike at the stadium,” Ryan said. “I didn’t press him on it because I don’t know if he knows. I’m not sure how they left it.”

What would make Maddux a successful manager?

“It’s his people skills and I think when you look at what he’s done with our pitching staff, it’s because of the relationships he’s established with the pitchers,” Ryan said. “They respect his information and respect him as a person. I’ve watched him and I think he’s as prepared as any pitching coach I’ve ever seen. I’d have to think if he was a manager, he’d approach his job that way the same as he does the pitching coach job. If he were to get that job we’d really miss him. He’s done an awfully good job for us. we feel like he’s a big part of what we’ve accomplished.”

Ryan said Maddux is building a new home in the Dallas area, and both of his daughters are in college there.

“[Family matters] are all obviously things that come into play,” Ryan said. “I just don’t know where all that shakes out.”

— Carrie Muskat

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