The Chicago Cubs fired former manager Joe Maddon at the end of September. He is now the manager of the Los Angeles Angels. The Cubs have just announced their new manager and he’s a former member of the team.
David Ross will be the new team manager and ESPN reports that he beat out at least five other candidates for the job. It will be his first venture into a head managerial role. The former catcher spent his last two years in the league as a member of the Cubs, before retiring at the end of the 2016 season.
“I’ve always looked at Rossy as a coach when he played here. From the very get-go, I felt like this guy will be a manager someday,” said Kris Bryant, Cub’s third baseman and outfielder, told ESPN.
Since his retirement, Ross has worked with Chicago as a special assistant to baseball operations. Ross spent 15 years in the majors so he knows exactly what’s needed for a baseball team. He was part of Chicago’s championship team in 2016 and hit a home run in the deciding Game 7. That World Series title was a second one for Ross who also won in 2013 with the Red Sox. If he can bring any of this skill and luck to the team through a manager position, we’re sure Cubs fans will be happy.