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Per the new Chicago Cubs interview protocol, Mike Maddux today met with the media after his interview. He was, by all accounts, commanding, intelligent, and funny…

  • Maddux conceded that he’d spoken with his brother, Greg, about the Cubs’ job and about whether Greg would have a role on the coaching staff should Mike get the job, but declined to elaborate, calling it a “private, family matter.” Translation: Mike would love to have Greg on staff, but it’s too early to tell if that’s a realistic thing for Greg to do.
  • Maddux hammed it up when discussing flashpoint pitcher, Carlos Zambrano. When asked how he would deal with Zambrano, Maddux joked, “First thing you’ve got to do is meet him. I heard he’s a big teddy bear. Might take him up and just burp him.” When Zambrano’s size was pointed out, Maddux was resolute. “Strong back, baby,” he said.
  • When discussing Zambrano seriously, Maddux said only that he was “the best thing since sliced bread” seven years ago, when Maddux was coaching the Brewers.
  • On why he came to interview with the Cubs after declining to interview with the Red Sox, citing family concerns: “Chicago’s a neat place. I like being in Chicago.”
  • On becoming a manager, as opposed to a pitching coach: “I’m very happy with what I do, I enjoy what I do. I’m administering to half the team in Spring Training during the season. People have reached out to me [to interview]. It wasn’t something that I’ve reached out to other people. I think it’s kind of cool to be considered.”
  • On being a successful manager: “To be a good one, experience would come in. Are you good your first day? Time will tell. I think passion, you have to have passion. Work ethic. Respect of everybody you work with, respect from your players. Be demanding of your players, too.”
  • On what he would look for in a pitching coach: “Somebody who could put up with my second guessing.”
  • On his impression of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer: “I can’t do an impression of them.”
  • Ok, but seriously: “Young. Bright folks. Much like what I deal with in my current position. The new age general managers, front office guys, highly educated, very motivated, but very true and very honest and that’s about all you can really ask for is people who are honest, people who share your passion. Even if our educations are far apart, I’m pretty damn proud of my high school education. I went to college, too. Very entertaining. We had a good time together, I think.” Ba dum, ching.
  • On how the makeup of a roster impacts winning or losing: “When people talk about more talent – [like,] ‘They have more talent than we do,’ it doesn’t matter, because you’re talking about the most talented guys in the world. The guys that play for the Cubs, the guys that play for the Phillies, the Brewers, the Padres, they’re the best players in the world, the best talents. So the talent is there. It comes down to the best makeup guys.” Maybe it’s a semantical debate on the meaning of the word “talent,” but I’m not sure Theo and Jed would agree that there aren’t some players who are more talented than other players, and whose performance is therefore better, all other things equal.
  • On the greatest song to hear: “I despised the song, ‘Go, Cubs, Go’ after they kicked our butts.” Your heart can change, Mike.
  • On the history and mystique of the Cubs: “I’ve always admired this town. it’s a very, very unique setup, and a historic park. Whoever becomes the manager of this ballclub is in a good spot.”
  • MikeL

    For what its worth…..that comment about Maddux hating “Go Cubs Go” is being misrepresented…..he basically said he hated it because it meant that his team (The Brewers, at the time) lost. He wasn’t saying that he hated the song in general.

    Edit: Brett, just noticed that you included the rest of that quote “when they kicked our butts”…

  • Rancelot

    In a landslide, Maddux wins the interview portion of the process.

    After Alomar, any thoughts on who the Cubs might add to the hit list? I find it very interesting that after all the early buzz about Dave Martinez as a managerial candidate, he has not received one offer to interview.

  • Chi-ville

    I love the education quote. On that alone they should hire him.

  • Cubbie Blues

    First look he sounded smart and quick witted. Seems to just “get it”. Also made Mackanin pale in comparison.

  • Oswego Chris

    this is the guy…I would almost be willing to wager on it….

    is it just me or does it seem that the compensation packages for Boston or SD have to minimal at best the longer it takes…they are already working for us, what is Selig going to do? Make them go back to their old jobs?…they will take low level prospects from us, and like it!

     

     

  • http://TheoWaiting Cheryl

    I liked his comment on education too. It seems like he has that very elusive quality – common sense.

  • Mike F

    The Maddux brothers are very bright. He was very impressive in his media time, by far the most impressive yet in that portion.

  • johnbres2

    get him to sign on the dotted line.  Maddux is the first of the candidates who seems to have the mental spark to mesh with TheoJed.

  • Aaron

    Well, the only thing we’ve seen from any of the candidates is their media-skills. FO guys are seeing what really matters, in my opinion. That being said, Maddux is still my favorite of those that have been in so far.

  • Ron Swanson

    Yes, please!

  • TP

    Mike will manage the Cubs in 2012 and Greg will be his pitching coach…can’t wait for the season to start!

  • Lou

    Still would like to see what Alomar Jr has to say. Then, I’ll make up my mind. After, that CSNChicago saying that’s pretty much it.

    • Jeff

      I like Alomar, and I think of all the guys being  interviewed, he’s my favorite candidate.  I wouldn’t be disappointed with any of them other than Mackanin.  I’m not sure why, but I just don’t get a good feeling when I think about him as the Cubs next manager.

      • Lou

        Agreed that Mackanin guy just seems kinda goofy.

  • bhannon

    Maddux is definitely my favorite-especially because he said no thanks to the Red Sox as well-now a franchise i despise

  • Vinestal

    I still think they should bring Dave Martinez in for an interview, it seems odd that they haven’t. unless he’s just not interested in managing but hasn’t made that public knowledge.

  • JP

    Would love to be a fly on the wall in that clubhouse if the Maddux bros are in charge. I dig the dry sense of humor both would provide in the press conferences following the game. No way if a reporter asks a softball question they would be able to provide softball answers. I think the sarcasm would seep out like it does with Jim Harbaugh. I think he takes the job only if Greg will join him and that’s what he’s waiting on to say he’d certainly take the job if offered. This would be a homerun imho

    • Diesel

      Hey if Mike Maddux can do for the Cubs what Harbaugh has done for the Niners sign me up.

    • johnbres2

      why would he only take the job if Greg would go with him??

  • Vinestal

    From the daily herald article:
    Mike Maddux wouldn’t go into detail but said he discussed with his brother the possibility of coaching, should he get the job. Greg Maddux was an assistant to former Cubs GM Jim Hendry and is one of the most respected pitching minds in the game.

    “We talked about it, yeah. Sure did,” Mike Maddux said.

  • EtotheR

    If nothing else…he certainly seemed to give a strong press conference, but his answers were also pretty sharp and philosophical.

    I’m in…

  • CubSouth

    I like his comment about talent, I strongly believe a great or even good manager can get 8-10 more wins for his team. I’d have to say this could be true for the Cubs as well. With some trades and FA signings this off season and a manager who can lead them, the team will certainly be in the pennant chase in September. Anyone can make soup, but u need the right ingredients to make it appealing to the masses.

  • Ron

    Chemistry

  • die hard

    His most telling comment was on interacting with a pitching coach. How can anyone be his pitching coach without doing double takes over his shoulder all the time. Unless Cubs are going for a two-for in hiring him to be both and also plan to hire and pay more for an experienced bullpen coach.

  • Sam

    I am officially sold on mike maddux.

  • BetterNews

    Mike maddux will not be a Cubs manager. Write it down.

    • JulioZuleta

      Written

  • Cliffy

    Baseball player Wilson Ramos kidnapped from his home in Venezula. If im the cubs i protect my assets remove LaHair and McNutt from that country.

    • BetterNews

      Where is Venezula?

  • BetterNews

    Oh you mean Venezuela—Did not hear about that, good one Cliffy.

  • Cliffy

    Yes Venezuela sorry bout typo, but you get the point.

  • Mark

    Mike is the man! I cannot imagine what it will be like to have a mgr who knows how to lead a pitching staff. His comments about talent are highly insightful. He knows that it all comes down to management and leadership.
    Thanks Brett for the great article!

    • BetterNews

      What about the hitting staff? Come on now Mark.

      • JulioZuleta

        That is what a hitting coach is for. Maybe you prefer the Mike Quade type, the kind that is a jack of all trades, master of none.

        • BetterNews

          Don’t want a pitching coach calling the shots.

          Maybe Zambrano can be manager, he talks a good game too.

          • Bails17

            BetterNews – Why don’t you want a pitching coach calling the shots?  Do you think Mike Scioscia was more of a hitting guy or a pitching guy?  He is always considered one of the best managers in handling pitchers.  He is pitching guy in my mind.  I wouldn’t mind that approach on the North Side.  How about this…why don’t we figure out how to throw it and catch it before we add more guys like Soriano and Ramirez?  Run prevention is what this team needs to improve on and they need it bad.  Now…why don’t YOU go put on an apron and make me a turkey pot pie!!

            • Fishin Phil

              Hey!  If we are putting in food orders, how ’bout some cookies?

              • Bails17

                Phil…I like where your heads at my man!!

                • Fishin Phil

                  Thanks!  It’s wooden, and I can spin it completely around.

  • johnbres2

    http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/massarotti/2011/11/for_red_sox_dugout_search_goes.html

    interesting article that Cubs, Cards, Red Sox etc. looking for coaches too

  • Katie

    Maybe It’s just me but I keep wishing he had a Rollie Fingers-esque ‘stache. Sorry, can’t help it. That being said, I totally dig him.

    • die hard

      Katie, may want to take 2 aspirin and get a good night rest. You could feel better in the am.

      • BetterNews

        I don’t think just aspirin are going to help Katie!(LOL)

        • Katie

          I guess I’d better take some Midol and get my ass in the kitchen and let you boys talk about sports. Maybe at “halftime” during the game at Wrigley Stadium I can make you a pot pie. Aren’t those Cubbie outfits cute? How many points is it when they hit it over the fence? Someone should spray some chemicals on that pesky ivy.

          Is that better?

          • johnbres2

            Katie–great reply to the doofus comments!

  • DRock

    Hire him. Cancel Alomar’s interview. He sounds like he fits the new Cubs culture to the “T”. Love the stash too.

    • JulioZuleta

      I’m not sure why people have overlooked this up until now. Look what the staches have done in this town. Ditka. Coach Q. Even Phil for a little while.

  • BetterNews

    Katie—don’t be sad about what the Good Lord hasn’t giveth ya!

    • Katie

      No clue what you’re talking about. You knowth not with whom you fucketh. However out of respect for Brett and my long suffering mother, I will attempt to be a lady and leave it at that .

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      Alright kids. BetterNews play nice with the ladies a sense of humor and ability to take after lumps without getting mean and personal will make you a valued membervofvthe BN community. Katie ignore this and let you fellow BN members stand up for you. We enjoy having you both but sometimes we need to be careful how we act, especially as you start out as as BNV. These arguements are simply TIRESOME.

      • Katie

        Absolutely MG! I got my dander up a bit. I’m always having guys thinking I don’t know anything about baseball so it strikes a nerve. My apologies. I love it here. Sorry if I was tiresome! :)

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          No need to apologize

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