In news sure to leave a few folks scratching their heads about the implications until they are made clear, Texas Rangers’ pitching coach Mike Maddux, who is supposed to interview with the Chicago Cubs later this week for their managerial opening, and who was supposed to interview with the Boston Red Sox for the same today, has removed his name from consideration from the latter job.

Of the decision, Maddux said simply to Peter Gammons, “We’re in a good situation. My family moved here, the kids will be in school for three more years here.”

Maddux has not yet withdrawn his name from consideration for the Cubs’ job, but says he wants to talk things over with his family.

Now, there is going to be plenty of speculation that this means Maddux is the favorite for the Cubs’ job (and Jon Heyman has already so speculated), and that’s possible. I wouldn’t put it entirely past new Cubs’ brass to, on the one hand, conduct open, public interviews with Pete Mackanin and Dale Sveum, while simultaneously laying the groundwork on Maddux as their first preference. Could have groundwork have been far enough along that Maddux knew, for him, it was either Chicago or staying in Texas? Maybe. And maybe, to be safe, the Cubs wanted to bring in other candidates in case Maddux’s family concerns were not alleviated in a move to Chicago.

I tend, however, to take Maddux at his word. He’s got a family to think about, and he felt like the Boston situation – the city, the organization, the expectations, the tough 2011 season – wasn’t the right fit for him. It doesn’t mean that the Cubs’ job is more likely to be a good fit, nor does it mean the Cubs’ job is just as likely to be a bad fit.

UPDATE: Maddux offered the following statement about his decision, which, again, doesn’t exactly rule out the Cubs (some might say conspicuously so):

“This afternoon I spoke with Ben Cherington and thanked him for the consideration to interview for the Boston Red Sox managerial post. It is humbling to know an organization with so much baseball history is interested in my services.

“I could give more reasons why an opportunity like this should be taken rather than not, but the reason for withdrawing my name from consideration comes down to a family decision. My wife and two daughters are together in the same state for the first time in three years and words cannot describe my happiness. The game of baseball has many sacrifices but being apart from family is the toughest. I feel there is too much distance between the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Boston to see my family as much as I’d enjoy.

“Again, I thank Ben Cherington and the Boston Red Sox for the flattery, honor, and compliment of considering me for their position.”

  • Jim Kress

    My honest vote is for Maddux or Sveum. We need guys who can teach our guys pitching badly!!! Riggins is a joke. On the other hand, with Sveum and hitting being a key as a manager, to get a Maddux-esk calibur pitching coach would be nothing short of beautiful. Hitting hasn’t been the best for the Cubbies either in the last couple years. No one can seem to hit with runners on and our powers numbers have dropped off the face of the planet.
    Although I can’t shake the thought of having the Maddux brothers in the dugout at Wrigley Field as manager and pitching coach and seeing our under-par pitchers become the best in the league.
    Sveum would be great because everyone knows you have to score runs to win a game.
    Maddux would be great because our pitching is awful and the added thought of bringing his brother in as pitching coach would be equally awesome!
    To me its win/win with these guys. If I had to choose one though it would definitely be Maddux, but wouldn’t be upset if Sveum was in Cubbie blue come 2012

  • BetterNews

    Big win for Bears!—-Good show guys!

    Just giving everybody a break fom the posts, I could feel radiators overheating.(LOL)

    • Ian Afterbirth

      Dammit I didn’t watch it yet!!!!!!!



  • BetterNews

    Jim Kress—Here we go bucking heads again! We have a very good hitting coach with Rudy J. and I do not see him as an obstacle at all. The problem is with the
    Cubs players as they just plain seem to “choke” with runners on. This has been going on for years and is surely not a hitting coach prob.

    • Jim Kress

      You cannot tell me that after an ENTIRE SEASON of not scoring with runners on you’re just going to chalk it up to “choking” players, are you? We finished with 20th in the league in both Home Runs AND OBP and 16th in OPS and 29th in walks (Houston as only team with less) Not to mention a 37.5 AB/HR ratio. Nothing like 1 HR every 3 games. Yea you’ve got players like Soriano and Colvin on the team that are stat ruiners, but to not have a team have a single player hit more then 30 HRs, only 3 with more then 20 and not a single Grand Slam (the only team in the league to do that) all year, you’ve gotta make a change SOMEWHERE. Again, I agree in the fact that we’re no Rangers or Yankees on the offensive side, but jeepers creepers we were just terrible. I believe it has to be reflective of the coaching staff. Good coaches make mediocre players into good players *cough cough* Mike Maddux and Rangers pitching staff in an offensive ballpark *cough cough*

  • BetterNews

    Jim—I agree, to an extent. But like I said, this has been going on for years.
    I believe Rudy is the 3rd batting coach in 5 years! Is this indicitive of a
    batter coach problem? I would think not!

    And you seem to make my point. Are you agreeing or disagreeing with the
    fact we just don’t have the tallent as far as hitting goes. I am glad to see
    Ramirez go for one. He was a stat padder in my opinion.

    I was glad to see Derrek Lee go as his days were over. I can go on and on.

    The Milton Bradley thing was a fiasco. Our catching is a disaster. Soriano
    situation speaks fo itself. Bryd hustles but can’t hit in the clutch. Colvin
    has turned out to be a bust. We haven’t even got to the pitching.

    Also, by the time major league baseball players are in the “bigs” how much
    coaching do they really need? The batting coach might be able to pick up on
    a couple of small”tweaks” but thats about the extent of it.

    Even with Theo and Co+ Sibermetrics, this a mess that is not going away for awhile!

    Need I write more!

    Also, veterans really don’t need batting coaches. Batting coaches are geared more fo
    youngsters. Yes they can spot things here and there, but for the most part they are
    there for the youngsters!

    • Jim Kress

      I have to disagree about batting coaches being there for only youngsters. If they were only there for youngsters some teams wouldn’t bother employing one. Look at where some people explode in the majors but were never thought of as huge hitting prospects in minor leagues. Josh Hamilton was a no one and now look at him go. And the small tweaks are what put hitters in such big slumps to begin with. Adam Dunn and Pat Burrel for instance. Those two guys were proven hitters, then have some tweaks and all of a sudden can’t hit the broad side of a barn. If they had good hitting coaches things might have turned out differently. Yes you get to the majors because you’re good, but once you get there you need someone to still point you in the right direction. That’s why we have coaches period. Last time the cubs tried to just have players manage it turned into the worst experiments ever! And if you argue that it is only for the youngsters, look who the cubs have on their team! Barney, Soto, DJ, Colvin, LaHair(experience wise), soon-to-be Jackson, and our only all star CASTRO! That’s 7 possible, 4 for sure, opening day position players for the Cubs that are all very very young (especially experience wise, ‘cept for maybe Soto who really needs help) ballplayers. You don’t think they’ll need any help?