Tuesday November 08, 2011 | 07:20 AM

Have never met Texas Ranger pitching coach Mike Maddux personally. Only heard very good things about him. And, after he explained his reasons for withdrawing from being a candidate for Boston's managing vacancy, I'm even more impressed.

Baseball is an incredibly time-consuming profession that is incredibly hard on families.

Maddux has a wife and two daughters in Texas. They are apparently going to remain in Texas, no matter where dad works. He does not want to keep uprooting them, and he did not think Boston would be a good fit.

"Family matters," Maddux said on the Rangers website. "We talked it over and decided the timing wasn't right for Boston.

"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."

Maddux, reportedly, will still interview for the vacancy in Chicago (where his brother Greg works in the front office), which is at least in the same time zone.

Meanwhile, the Boston candidates remain the two already interviewed (Pete Mackanin and Dale Sveum), plus Sandy Alomar Jr. (interview scheduled for Wednesday) and others TBA.

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