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Mike Maddux will interview with Cubs today after turning down Red Sox yesterday

Nov 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Mike Maddux removed his name from consideration for the Red Sox’s managerial opening yesterday, citing the desire to remain close to his family in Texas, but the Rangers pitching coach will go through with his scheduled interview with the Cubs today.

Chicago is obviously much closer to Dallas than Boston is, but it’s still nearly 1,000 miles away.

Maddux follows Pete Mackanin and Dave Sveum as the third candidate to interview with the Cubs and they’ll be followed by Sandy Alomar Jr. later this week.

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com speculates that Maddux’s willingness to interview in Chicago after turning down the same chance in Boston could stem from the relationship his brother, Greg Maddux, has with the Cubs. Or maybe the difference between 1,000 miles and 1,750 miles is a really significant one for Maddux and his family.

  1. sknut - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Maybe he didn’t want to be under the spotlight of Boston?

    What is Greg Maddux doing these days? Is he a coach somewhere?

    • pellypell - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      Makes total sense. Instead he prefers the quiet of Chicago, where they don’t expect anything from their Cubbies. The pressure to win will be much greater in Chitown than in Boston this year.

      • sknut - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM

        I don’t necessary agree with that. If the Cubs show a little improvement the fans will be quite happy. You know going into Boston that the pressure is playoffs or bust and maybe the whole clubhouse out of control rumors is not something he wants to walk into.

  2. pellypell - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    “Or maybe the difference between 1,000 miles and 1,750 miles is a really significant one for Maddux and his family.”

    Or maybe he just didn’t want the job and instead of being upfront about it, he made up some lame ass excuse?

    • bignubba - Nov 9, 2011 at 3:22 PM

      Bingo!

  3. georgebrett - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Maddux doesn’t want the Boston job because of his family like he said. Why do people want to read into things all of the time?

    • Glenn - Nov 9, 2011 at 5:04 PM

      … because sports interview statements and cliches are so often BS that it is hard to believe anything anyone says.

  4. crash1582 - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Maddux was General Manager Jim Hendry’s Assistant concentrating developing pitchers’ styles and techniques throughout the organization, including minor league affiliates. Not sure what happened to him since Jim Hendry is no longer the GM. Can’t see why you wouldn’t want Mad Dog on your side though.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    I’m glad he turned down the SOx, I don’t think I could handle seeing his rat face in HD for 162 games

  6. theonlynolan - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Seems like a lame excuse when you consider the Red Sox would at least play in Texas this year whereas the Cubs are in the NL. He prolly didnt wanna deal with the perceived lack of interest that was reported about the Red Sox clubhouse.

    • blueintown - Nov 9, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      Is Houston still in Texas? The Cubs will probably play them a time or two since they are in the same division and all.

      • theonlynolan - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:57 PM

        Except the fact that Houston is 260 miles from Arlington and the Astros still might transfer to the AL when all is said and done. Texas is a pretty big state.

  7. unlost1 - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    how about- he knows Pujols is going to sign with the cubs?

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