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Maddux withdraws from Red Sox search

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 7, 2011 04:07 PM

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Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux has withdrawn his name from consideration to be the next manager manager of the Red Sox. He had been scheduled to interview tomorrow.

Ben Cherington sent word via a press release.

Maddux was not necessarily seen as the favored candidate of the Red Sox. It's unclear at this point whether he has emerged as the leading contender to manage the Cubs. His brother, future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, is a former Cubs star and works for the team's front office.

The Red Sox are scheduled to interview Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. on Wednesday.

Dale Sveum, who interviewed with the Red Sox last week, is interviewing with the Cubs today.

UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: For now, Maddux remains scheduled to interview with the Cubs but is going to talk it over with his family.

Maddux told the Red Sox that "family reasons" were behind his decision to withdraw.

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: Maddux released this statement through the Rangers:

“This afternoon I spoke with Ben Cherington and thanked him for the consideration to interview for the Boston Red Sox managerial post. It is humbling to know an organization with so much baseball history is interested in my services.

“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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