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    Maddux Gets Permission to Talk to Red Sox, Cubs

    Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux was given permission to interview for managerial openings with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, though any talking will have to wait until he recovers from a bout with laryngitis.
    Maddux indicated Thursday that he expects to meet with both teams next week, depending on his recovery time.
    "I'm humbled to find how highly some other organizations feel about me," Maddux wrote. "It's come upon our family and me quickly. Just last week we were in the World Series and managing another club was not on the game plan."
    During a conference call with Rangers reporters, Maddux responded to questions by typing answers that were then sent to those on the call.
    Texas general manager Jon Daniels said the Cubs and
    Red Sox both requested to interview Maddux, who has been in Texas for three seasons.
    Before joining the Rangers and helping them reach the last two World Series, Maddux was Milwaukee's pitching coach for six seasons.
    "Mike is in a key role for us and has had a prominent hand in our success the past few years," Daniels wrote in an email. "But this is a unique opportunity to discuss a coveted position with two storied franchises, and we believe in allowing our people to pursue opportunities that they're interested in. It reflects well both on Mike and our organization that he's under consideration."
    New Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein fired manager Mike Quade on Wednesday. Terry Francona left the Red Sox after Boston's huge collapse in September.
    "Unbelievable to hear those two teams have interest," Maddux said. "Both storied franchises, full of tradition."
    Maddux said his introductory contact with those teams has been through text messaging, and that the laryngitis "puts a little delay on everything."
    While he has the chance to interview for two managerial openings, Maddux said he's happy as the Rangers' pitching coach. He likes working with manager Ron Washington and the rest of the staff.



    Read more: Rangers' Mike Maddux gets permission to talk to Red Sox, Cubs - MLB - SI.com



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    Re: Maddux Gets Permission to Talk to Red Sox, Cubs

    A person familiar with the search says the Chicago Cubs will interview Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin for their vacant manager's job on Friday.
    The person was not authorized to comment publicly on the process and spoke on the condition of anonymity. ESPN first reported the story.
    Chicago has also been granted permission to interview Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux. The Cubs fired Mike Quade on Wednesday after going 71-91, extending their championship drought to 103 years. They hired Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations along with general manager Jed Hoyer and scouting/player development head Jason McLeod, hoping to snap that streak.

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    Re: Maddux Gets Permission to Talk to Red Sox, Cubs

    The Theo Epstein-Terry Francona combo worked in Boston and there's a chance the duo might play in Chicago.
    The new Cubs president of baseball operations said he spoke with the former Red Sox manager on Thursday and will speak again to gauge whether Francona is the right fit to be Cubs manager.
    "Tito and I have spoken regularly since the end of the season," Epstein said. "We actually spoke today. We are going to sit down together and see if it's a fit.






    "Clearly he would be at the top of anyone's list as available managers. That's probably true of any organization looking for a manager with experience and who is a proven winner. He has to be at the very top of the list. I think he has to figure out if this is right for him, and then as we continue our process and figure out where we are headed, we have to figure out the right fit in this organization, too."
    Chicago Cubs' Theo Epstein -- Terry Francona a top skipper option - ESPN Chicago



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    Re: Maddux Gets Permission to Talk to Red Sox, Cubs

    I had a dream last night that Francona got the job. Probably will end up being true.


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    Re: Maddux Gets Permission to Talk to Red Sox, Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Clones21 View Post
    I had a dream last night that Francona got the job. Probably will end up being true.
    Francona needs to go away for a year or two. The stories of the Red Sox towards the end and his personal life would make me worried. I'm sure Theo would know the truth before me though.
    I with the Cubs would at least interview Joe Madden from Tampa. He's always looked like a guy that a lot of people would like to play for.



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