Updated: November 3, 2011 2:51PM
The first two candidates Theo Epstein will interview for the Cubs’ managerial vacancy are Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin.
Neither has ever been hired as a manager in the major leagues, although Mackanin was an interim manager for the Reds in 2007—before giving way to Dusty Baker—and the Pirates in 2005.
Maddux, the older brother of former Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux, has also been given permission to speak with the Red Sox about their manager opening.
Before joining the Rangers and helping them reach the last two World Series, Maddux was Milwaukee’s pitching coach for six seasons.
Mackanin, 60, a Chicago native who attended Brother Rice High School, ended his playing career with the Cubs’ Iowa Triple-A team in 1984 and began his coaching career a year later with the Cubs’ Single-A Peoria team.
Sources say Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum will also get an interview. Sveum, 47, who managed the Brewers on an interim basis in 2008, interviewed for the Red Sox vacancy on Wednesday.
In his statement Wednesday after firing manager Mike Quade, Epstein said he would be seeking a candidate with major league coaching or managing experience. Those perequisites ruled out former Cubs great and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who has only managed in the minor leagues.