World Series champion and former Dodgers catcher David Ross has been named the manager of the Chicago Cubs, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.
Sources: Cubs hiring David Ross as manager https://t.co/UHJwItAe2c
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) October 23, 2019
Ross has been heavily involved in baseball since his retirement, but now he will be back on the field in a place he won a World Series in: the Windy City.
A lot of people around social media are questioning the move considering Ross has no prior coaching experience. However, it is known around the league that Ross presents a solid foundation of baseball knowledge. As it is, you have to know the game’s ins and outs as a catcher in the major leagues.
Nevertheless, it is a very strange move to move from the tenured Joe Maddon to the young buck in David Ross, but it could be exactly what the doctor ordered for the Cubs as they seem to be moving somewhat backwards. The Cubs have had a lot of banter surrounding them with Kris Bryant seemingly on the trade block.
“Grandpa Rossy” will be taking over for a team that has consistently been in the playoffs — including multiple recent series against the Dodgers — but a roster set to change in the near future.
Ross was drafted in the 17th round of the MLB Draft by the Dodgers in 1995. He made his MLB debut in 2002 and spent three seasons with the club, hitting 16 home runs in 118 games with a .207/.292/.411 slash line.