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November 03, 2011

Mike Maddux plans to meet with Boston, Chicago next week

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux confirmed that he is planning to meet with officials from Boston and the Chicago Cubs next week, depending on how well he has recovered from laryngitis.

Maddux, who fielded questions from Rangers beat writers and typed the answers, said that he is humbled by the interest shown by the Red Sox and Cubs, but also said that he is happy in his current post.

"I'm humbled to find how highly some other organizations feel about me,” Maddux said. "It's come upon our family and me quickly. Just last week we were in the World Series, and managing another club was not in the game plan."

Maddux has never been a manager at any level, but he believes that the successes of Bud Black in San Diego and John Farrell in Toronto has helped pitching coach's become more viable managerial candidates.

Daniels said that the Rangers won't stand in Maddux's way if he is given the opporunity to leave.

"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," Daniels said. "It reflects well both on Mike and our organization that he's under consideration."

Should Maddux leave, bullpen coach Andy Hawkins would likely be the leading candidate to take over as pitching coach. He was the interim pitching coach late in 2008 after Mark Connor was fired in August, and has worked closely with Maddux since 2009.

"We don't plan to comment further until their process is complete," Daniels said. "It wouldn't be appropriate to speculate on what we'd do if he gets the job, though you know our philosophy is to promote from within when we can."

-- Jeff Wilson


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