Former ‘teammates’ Sveum, Maddux make Cubs pitch

Dale Sveum and Mike Maddux, together for three seasons on the Brewers’ coaching staff, are each making a case this week to manage the Chicago Cubs. Sveum interviewed with the Cubs’ new president, Theo Epstein, and GM Jed Hoyer on Monday. Maddux will take his turn on Wednesday.

“He’s a lot like me as far as due diligent work that he does every day,” Sveum said of Maddux, according to MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat. “He’s one of the hardest working coaches, if not the hardest working coach, in baseball, and that’s why he’s put himself in this position to get one of these jobs.

“It’s just nice to be mentioned with a Mike Maddux, because he’s a good friend of mine and he’ll make a good manager someday, if not this year,” Sveum said.

Maddux served six seasons as the Brewers’ pitching coach but left after the 2008 season for a higher salary with the Rangers. Sveum has been on the Brewers’ staff since 2006 in a variety of roles and is currently the team’s hitting coach.

Sveum also interviewed last week for the Red Sox’s managerial vacancy. He’s considered a serious candidate for both the Red Sox and Cubs.

“They’re the two most prestigious jobs in baseball, if not sports,” Sveum said. “When you’re dealing with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, it’s two of the same. They both rank right up there. I’m honored to be just considered for both of them at the same time in the same season for both jobs to become available and you’re part of both interviews for both clubs. I’m honored that both sides kept me in mind and are giving me the opportunity to at least interview and hopefully get back for another interview.”

He was also asked about his relationship with free agent slugger Prince Fielder and what a new team could expect. The Cubs are one of the teams for which Fielder could be a good fit.

“Wherever he signs, they’re getting one heck of a guy,” Sveum said. “He’s one of my favorite people I’ve ever coached and the way he competes and plays the game as hard as he does every night, you wish you had 25 Prince Fielders playing as hard as he does every night.

“The leadership he brings by the way he plays is unmatched by anybody in baseball by what I see now. I don’t think I see anybody day in and day out play as hard as Prince Fielder. Whoever gets him gets one heck of a guy and one heck of a player.”

Click over to Cubs.com to read the rest of Carrie’s excellent coverage of Chicago’s search.

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