Results tagged ‘ Mike Maddux ’

3/18 Brotherly love in Texas

Greg Maddux said it was hard for him to leave the Cubs organization but he couldn’t pass up the chance to work with his brother, Mike, who is the pitching coach with the Rangers.

“We’ve always wanted to be on the same team and we could never do it playing but we have it worked out now,” he said. “I know before I took the job with the Cubs three years ago, there was some discussion about it and it never really set up right. This time it did.”

Maddux was a special assistant to then Cubs GM Jim Hendry; now he has the same job with the Rangers. Mike Maddux had interviewed for the Cubs managerial job. Did he and Greg talk about Greg possibly being the pitching coach?

“I’m not ready to go all in yet,” Greg said. “It definitely would’ve been a good opportunity. Where his family life was at the time didn’t make sense for him. He’s got his family together again for the first time since he moved to Texas. He didn’t want to lose them again. I think he’ll be a good manager one day. When the time’s right, I think he’ll be good at it. He’ll gain some more experience and knowledge and down the road sometime he’ll be even more of a candidate.”

Did Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, talk to Greg about staying?

“I think everybody understood,” Greg said. “When Jim and [scout] Gary Hughes and everybody kind of left, that was kind of my click. The thing here opened up with my brother and it just felt like the right thing to do for me personally and have him help me out doing what I’m doing and maybe I can help him a little, too.”

Greg is doing more coaching than scouting now.

“I enjoy working with the players here, just like I did in Chicago,” he said. “I enjoy being around the coaches, I enjoy learning around the coaches, just like Chicago. It’s pretty much the same thing, just new faces.”

Does he feel he’s still part of the Cubs?

“Always, always, always,” Maddux said. “Chicago’s a huge part of my baseball career. Always. We just got a new house last month and redecorated and there’s a lot of Cubs stuff there. I have a lot of great memories. Absolutely.”

— Carrie Muskat

11/17 Cubs close to naming manager

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer left the Pfister Hotel on Thursday apparently three outs away from naming a new manager.

Epstein, the Cubs president of baseball operations, and Hoyer, the team’s general manager, would not comment on reports that the Cubs have offered the manager’s job to Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. There were reports that Sveum could be named as early as Friday.

“We can’t address anything specifically at this point,” Epstein said as he left the Pfister Hotel, site of the General Manager Meetings. “As Jed said [Wednesday], we’re at that stage. We’ve been open with [the media] throughout this process, very open, but when it gets to the final inning here, we need to keep things confidential. If and when we have somthing to announce, we’ll do so.”

A source told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Thursday morning that Sveum was offered the job but nothing had been finalized. Asked if Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts had met with the selected candidate, Epstein would not comment.

“We’ve got our closer in the game,” Epstein said. “We’ve got to get the 27th out.”

The Cubs interviewed Sveum, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Maddux apparently has withdrawn from consideration for family reasons. Asked if Epstein had told any of the candidates they were no longer in contention, he said no.

Does being in the final inning mean they could name a manager Thursday night?

“You’ve seen lots of different kind of ninth innings — one, two, three, walk, hit batter, sac bunt, walk,” Epstein said.

— Carrie Muskat

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

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

11/14 Melvin on Sveum, Maddux

Brewers GM Doug Melvin knows Dale Sveum and Mike Maddux well. Sveum is currently a Brewers coach, and Maddux was the Brewers pitching coach for six years. Both Sveum and Maddux are candidates for the Cubs managerial job. Here’s Melvin’s take:

“Dale is really very conscientious,” Melvin said. “He knows the game well. I’ll go to the office sometimes after a night game at 8:30 in the morning and he’s pulling in on the motorcycle to go over hitters, prepare for the game and get a workout in or whatever. He studies the game well. He’s done different facets of the game — been a third base coach, a hitting guy.”
Of the Brewers’ decision against making Sveum the full-time manager after the 2008 season, Melvin said, “That’s more a philosophical thing.  We wanted to go with a new name and a new face from outside.”
 As for Maddux, Melvin said everyone knows that he’s done a great job as  a pitching coach.

“I always thought he was someone who wanted to manage someday,” Melvin said. “I didn’t know when it would be.”
What made him think that?
“He enjoys the participating in the whole game, not just [being] the pitching coach,” Melvin said. “Anybody that wants to manage likes the entire game; they like to be the final decision-maker.”

— Carrie Muskat

11/11 Cubs complete 1st round with four candidates

The Cubs completed the first round of interviews on Friday, meeting with Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and GM Jed Hoyer said the next step is to discuss whether they need to ask more questions or consider other candidates. Alomar was No. 4, following Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux. Asked if that was the field, Hoyer said, “Probably, yes. We may make some phone calls. I wouldn’t guarantee that it is but we feel really good about the four guys we brought in. We had four very good interviews. I wouldn’t  rule out an additional candidate but it’s not a certainty.”

As for Terry Francona, Hoyer said the former Red Sox manager has talked to Theo Epstein, but that’s it.

Hoyer said he was impressed by how prepared the four candidates were, although Mackanin, Sveum and Alomar had a slight edge in that they also were interviewed by the Red Sox so they got a “dress rehearsal” for the Cubs process, which is similar.

What’s the timetable? Hoyer and Epstein will continue discussions next week at the GM meetings in Milwaukee.

“We want to make the right decision, not the quick decision,” Hoyer said. “We’ll be in Milwaukee next week. We’ll have a lot of meetings, a lot of conversations with other GMs and agents, but Theo and I will spend a lot of time on this process as well.”

* Regarding compensation between the Cubs and Red Sox for Epstein, Hoyer said that matter will be discussed next week at the GM meetings in Milwaukee. MLB officials will be present in case an arbitrator is needed.

— Carrie Muskat

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

11/7 Mike Maddux to talk to Cubs Wednesday

Mike Maddux confirmed Monday he has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Red Sox manager’s job but he will interview with the Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs had asked permission to speak with the Rangers pitching coach about their managerial opening. Maddux talked to his family before deciding to go ahead and come to Chicago. As for the Red Sox job, Maddux told Peter Gammons: “We’re in a good situation. My family moved here, the kids will be in school for three more years here.” The Cubs interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin on Friday and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum on Monday.

— Carrie Muskat

11/3 Mackanin, Maddux to interview

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will start the interview process for the next Cubs manager on Friday when they meet with Philies bench coach Pete Mackanin. The Cubs also have asked permission to interview Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, brother of Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux. Other names that could be possible candidates include Brewers coach Dale Sveum, Indians coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and Rays coach Dave Martinez. Terry Francona is a possibility, but Epstein says he wouldn’t have to interview the former Red Sox manager. The two worked together for eight years in Boston.

Part of the interview process will include having the candidates meet with the media and also discussing theories regarding game situations. For example, Epstein and Hoyer can present the manager candidate with a situation, stats, how much the bullpen has been used, and then ask how he would react.

— Carrie Muskat

11/3 Manager search – UPDATED

ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that Pete Mackanin was to be interviewed by the Cubs for the manager’s job while’s Jon Heyman says the Cubs have asked for permission to talk to Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux. Mackanin, 60, was the Phillies’ bench coach. The Red Sox also talked to Mackanin, as well as Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, who could also be a candidate for the Cubs’ job. Sveum’s first game as manager was at Wrigley Field in 2008 when he took over with 12 games left for Ned Yost. “The first pitch was thrown at Wrigley, I was right at home,” Sveum, 47, told Boston media on Wednesday. The team finished 7-5 and made the playoffs that year.

— Carrie Muskat