DETROIT - AUGUST 02: Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux #31 talks with Mike Adams #37 during the eight inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Rangers 6-5. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
After withdrawing his name from the managerial search for the Boston Red Sox last week, it was soon reported that Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux would still interview for the Chicago Cubs manager opening.
He indeed interviewed, and by all reports, had a good interview.
But the Rangers got some good news Wednesday night when it was reported late that Maddux had withdrawn his name from the Cubs search as well, seemingly because he doesn't want to be far away from his family, which was the reason he gave for withdrawing from the Red Sox opening.
This is great news for the Rangers, who have to be breathing a sigh of relief as it seems Maddux will return now with no other big openings out there.
Maddux has done wonders with the Rangers pitching staff, lowering the staff ERA in each of his three seasons as the pitching coach, similar results to what he got when he was in Milwaukee prior to coming to Texas.
The main positive note is that Maddux will have at least one more year to work with the Rangers promising, but young pitching staff before possibly moving on next off-season.