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Maddux won’t talk with Sox

By Peter Abraham
Globe Staff / November 8, 2011

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On the eve of his interview, Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux withdrew his name from consideration to become the next manager of the Red Sox.

Maddux informed general manager Ben Cherington yesterday that family reasons caused him to reconsider his candidacy.

“It is humbling to know an organization with so much baseball history is interested in my services,’’ Maddux said in a statement released by the Rangers. “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.’’

Maddux remains a candidate to become manager of the Cubs under Theo Epstein, and will be interviewed in Chicago today. But he was said to be discussing the viability of the situation with his family. Maddux expressed surprise when the Red Sox and Cubs contacted him last week, saying he had not pursued their interest and was happy with the Rangers.

Maddux does have more of a connection to the Cubs. His brother, former All-Star Greg Maddux, works in Chicago’s front office.

Maddux, 50, has been the pitching coach of the Rangers for three seasons and was an attractive candidate to the Red Sox, who have already interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum.

Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. remains scheduled for an interview tomorrow.

Even before Maddux withdrew, the Red Sox were planning to add to their field of candidates. But none of those candidates is expected to come from within the organization.

“Haven’t ruled out internal candidates, but not focused there right now,’’ Cherington said via e-mail.

Cherington said last week that he could interview five or six people before finding a replacement for Terry Francona, who resigned Sept. 30.

The Red Sox have yet to contact the Rays about bench coach Dave Martinez, according to the Tampa Tribune. Other potential candidates include Dodgers coach Tim Wallach and Marlins coach Joey Cora.

The Red Sox are one of many teams that will send scouts to the Dominican Republic this month to evaluate Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, an outfielder.

Said to be 26, Cespedes is on the verge of being cleared for free agency. He is a righthanded hitter with power and speed and holds the Cuban record of 33 home runs in a season. The Yankees and Marlins have expressed interest in Cespedes.

His representatives uploaded a 20-minute video on YouTube that showed Cespedes hitting home runs, catching fly balls behind his back, lifting prodigious amounts of weights, and doing sit-ups. It is set to rap music with graphic lyrics.

The amateurish production ends with a shirtless man dancing with two women before showing Cespedes directing a pig roast. It quickly became an industry blockbuster before it was taken down.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.

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