11/16 Maddux out; Sveum appears front runner
When Mike Maddux interviewed for the Cubs managerial opening last week, he stressed how his family would play a large role in his decision. Apparently, Maddux is no longer a viable option for the Cubs and Dale Sveum may be the front runner. General manager Jed Hoyer and Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein have conducted follow-up interviews with each of the candidates, and Maddux appears to have taken himself out of contention.
It appears the family considerations weigh heavily with Maddux, and he does not want to uproot them. Maddux is building a home in the Dallas area and has two daughters attending college there. The family was finally back together in June for the first time in three years, Maddux said during his interview.
There was no official comment from the Cubs regarding Maddux. Hoyer said late Wednesday that he and Theo Epstein, the Cubs president of baseball operations, had conducted follow-up interviews with each of the candidates, and that they were keeping the information “close to the vest.”
There were reports Wednesday night that Sveum had emerged as a favorite. He also is very much alive for the Red Sox job as well, although Boston GM Ben Cherington said the team was expanding its search. Hoyer said he and Epstein would keep any additional talks confidential. The team would not confirm Sveum was offered the job, as some reported.
“We’ve reached back out to all the candidates in some form or another,” Hoyer said. “I think we’re entering the stage of the process where we’ll handle it closer to the vest.”
Epstein and Hoyer met Tuesday night in Milwaukee with Sveum, who was in town to talk to the Red Sox. Hoyer didn’t want to describe his meeting with Sveum as a “second interview.”
“To have the opportunity and honor to be interviewed by one team is great,” Sveum told Comcast Sports New England. “To have the opportunity and honor to be interviewed by two, and two of the greatest franchises in the game, is unbelievable.
“Nothing has been discussed beyond the interview process,” Sveum said. “It’s kind of a stalemate now. The process is finished; it’s just the decision-making process now. We’ll wait and see.”
With Terry Francona withdrawing from consideration and Maddux most likely out, the Cubs’ list now is Sveum, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale.
– Carrie Muskat