Rangers’ pitching coach Mike Maddux came pretty close to departing Texas last year, as he interviewed for the Chicago Cubs’ vacant managerial position, but obviously, didn’t get the gig. He was also said to be in the discussion for the Red Sox job, but later withdrew his name from consideration.
With the Rangers’ season over (and with the Red Sox once again looking for a manager), the question pops back up: Will Maddux stay in Texas, where he helped transform one of the most perennially miserable pitching staffs in baseball into a group that carried the team to two World Series, or take that next step and become a manager?
Maddux said Saturday, just a day after Texas was bounced from the playoffs by the Orioles, that he was content in his current position at the moment.
“I’m very happy as the Rangers pitching coach,” Maddux said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I think this season is more about the Rangers and what the players did. It’s really not about me. I think we’ve got a lot of things to look forward to for next year, that’s for darn sure. “