Mike Maddux update.
The prolific Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports this afternoon that Ken Macha is likely to be named manager of the Brewers eventually (the league frowns upon announcements of this sort while the World Series is going on), and that he has no connection to incumbent Brewers pitching coach Mike Maddux, to whom Milwaukee has not yet permitted the Rangers to talk about their own pitching coach vacancy.
Haudricourt reminds us that Maddux’s three-season stint as the AA Round Rock Express pitching coach after finishing his playing career with Houston in 2000 established a connection not only with Nolan Ryan, whose family owns and operates the Express, but also with new Rangers bench coach Jackie Moore, who was the Round Rock manager throughout Maddux’s time there. But that’s not the most interesting part of the story.
Haudricourt reports that Maddux’s Milwaukee contract expires Friday, which means that, in a few days, Texas won’t need the permission that Doug Melvin has refused thus far to grant and can talk to Maddux as a coaching free agent, basically.
I don’t know the nature of Macha’s relationship with Rick Peterson, but they were together in Oakland for parts of four seasons. I suppose it could be inferred that Peterson and Maddux will be coaching pitchers for Texas and Milwaukee in 2009, even if we don’t know yet who will be where.
I suppose we’ll know soon enough.