Maddux Withdraws Name from Red Sox Job … Still Scheduled to Meet with the Cubs

According to multiple reports on Monday afternoon, Mike Maddux informed the Boston Red Sox that he was no longer interested in interviewing for their managerial position. Maddux cited family reasons for his decision not to interview with the Red Sox. Maddux told Peter Gammons, “We’re in a good situation. My family moved here, the kids will be in school for three more years here.”

According to a report from T.R. Sullivan, Maddux said he would talk to his family Monday night about interviewing with the Cubs.

According to David Kaplan, Mike Maddux is still scheduled to meet with the Cubs’ brass later in the week.

Updated – 6:10pm CT – With Statement from Mike Maddux

Not long after Mike Maddux withdrew his name from the Red Sox job, the speculation began that Maddux is now the favorite to be the Cubs’ next skipper. According to Jon Heyman, the Sox could call in additional candidates in the wake Maddux’s decision. Apparently the Sox thought highly of what Maddux could have brought to their clubhouse and organization.

Dale Sveum interviewed with the Cubs on Monday and was expected to meet with the Chicago media on Monday night.

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Update – Statement from Mike Maddux

“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.”

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