ESPN Dallas is reporting that, if offered, Mike Maddux would be interested in taking over as the Tigers skipper. As we all know, Maddux turned down an interview with both the Cubs and the Red Sox because he wanted to stay close to his family in Texas, but any aspiring manager can only say no so many times.
He reportedly told MLive.com he would be flattered and interested to take the job if offered.
I would hate to see Maddux leave the Rangers fold, but when a pitching coach has been as successful as he has in Texas, it is hard to imagine that he will stay a pitching coach for ever. Maddux has taken a team that was always known as a hitting only team and turned them into a pitching powerhouse, a staff that is well respected all around baseball. Some say Nolan Ryan had something to do with that as well, but Maddux has been the guy working day in and day out with the staff.
If Maddux is to leave, it will be interesting to see if the Rangers promote from within, like maybe Andy Hawkins or someone from the minor league system, or if they go out and get someone. The Rangers have been so successful throughout the organization developing pitchers, it almost seems natural to promote from within. I guess we will just have to wait and see how things play out over the next few weeks. The Rangers have the potential once again to lose some serious talent this offseason (Nelson Cruz, Matt Garza, AJ Pierzynski, David Murphy, Mike Maddux), but the question is, how will they do replacing it? As we all remember, they did a very bad job last off season. Lets all hope this off season goes way differently.